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01/14/06 - East Texas

Proposed "Castle Doctrine" to Protect Your Property

Locked gates and security fences surround some homes in East Texas, but sometimes it's not enough to keep an intruder out of your home. So what would you do to protect yourself and your family?

"I've got three small children, so I would do pretty much whatever it took to keep them safe. Whatever is handy, I would probably pick up and do what ever I needed to do," says Tim Sprinkle.

"My home is already protected, but as a man, if I were ever put in the position to protect my family, there is no question I would be willing to do whatever," says John Sprinkle.

Legally, what are the rights of homeowners?

"If you are protecting your home, you really need to determine if there is another way to do this without taking a life. That is an absolute last resort. If you can retreat, that's always better. If you are forced with no other option, you can protect your home," says Lt. David Young.

During this legislative session, lawmakers in Austin are proposing a bill that would allow homeowners to use deadly force as a first resort to protect themselves and their property without facing prosecution. Despite what lawmakers decide, deadly force isn't going to be a first option for some East Texans.

"I've got to be willing to give my life if I'm going to take somebody else's. It's got to be that important," says John Sprinkle.

Florida and Michigan already have Castle Doctrine legislation.  
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