Persons acting in defense of property; civil immunity provided for an occupant of dwelling, etc. (HB47)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity for persons acting in defense of persons.  Provides civil immunity for an occupant of a dwelling who injures or kills another while engaged in the defense of his dwelling when (i) the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling and committed an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling and (ii) the occupant reasonably believes that he or another person in the dwelling is in imminent danger of bodily injury. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/16/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100533D
12/16/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/25/2012Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/30/2012Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice


Stephen Cooper writes:

What a shame. That would have been a fantastic step forward for VA citizens.