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Bill gives homeowners self-defense protection


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is in their residence, vehicle or workplace unlawfully under a bill to be taken up by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

The bill requires a court to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent harm to the person being attacked or another person when the attack happens at the defender's home.

The so-called "Castle Doctrine" has been debated for years in Wisconsin but never enacted.

The protection would not be in place for those engaged in illegal activity or if the deadly force is used against a police officer acting in the course of their duty.

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