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05/29/07 - Lufkin

Castle Doctrine

by Tashun Chism

Bill Pate has been selling and trading guns in Lufkin for 26 years. He's surprised it took Texas this long to pass a Castle Doctrine law.

"I think most people are going to defend themselves anyway if it's a matter of life or death or their family being harmed," Pate, Co-Owner of Bill's Gun Trader told us.

Several other states already have similar laws in place. The Castle Doctrine will allow Texans to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes, cars and workplaces.

We found many East Texans who believe the law is a good one.

"Yes, I do believe it's a good law. Texas has always endorsed the right to defend yourself and this is just the next step," said Lufkin gun owner Chris Drahons.

"I think so. By and large. So that they can defend themselves without worrying about getting prosecuted," Pate added.

But those opposed to the Castle Doctrine are afraid it will allow people to "shoot first and ask questions later."

Some even fear it will put more guns into the hands of people not properly trained to use them. But those fears are not widespread among gun experts.

"I think most people that wanted to carry one probably already did. And probably did legally," said Dragons.

Bill Pate tells us while he's always looking for customers, he doesn't think the new law will have any affect on gun sales.

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