Castle doctrine; self-defense and defense of others. (HB48)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Castle doctrine.  Encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/16/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100520D
12/16/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/30/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 2-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (12-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read first time
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2012Pending question ordered
02/08/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB48E
02/08/2012Printed as engrossed 12100520D-E
02/09/2012Pending question ordered
02/09/2012Read third time and passed House (70-Y 28-N)
02/09/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Committee substitute printed 12105463D-S1
02/17/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012 Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105463D-S1
02/20/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB48S1
02/20/2012Blank Action (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Placed on Calendar
02/22/2012Passed by for the day
02/23/2012Senate substitute rejected by House 12105463D-H1 (2-Y 97-N)
02/23/2012VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Senate requested conference committee
02/28/2012House acceded to request
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by House
02/29/2012Delegates: Bell, Richard P., Habeeb, Johnson
02/29/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
02/29/2012Senators: Stuart, Stanley, Edwards
03/06/2012Passed by for the day
03/07/2012Motion to pass by Conference report indefinitely agreed to
03/07/2012Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
03/07/2012Recommitted to Courts of Justice
03/07/2012Pursuant to Senate Rule 20(g)
03/07/2012Continued to 2013 in Courts of Justice
12/13/2012Left in Courts of Justice


Clarence England, Jr. writes:

I think the Castle Doctrine should be law in Virginia
Why should anyone not have the right to defend his/her home or life in tbe home against an intruder who has forcibly entered that home.
Do the anti Castle Doctrine people think a criminal forces himself into a house to have tea? I dont know what fantasy land tbat school of thought comes from.
Come on, people!
Law abidibmng citizens have a right to defend themselves, their families, and their homes.