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State Senate approves "Castle Doctrine"

WISCONSIN (WAOW) --  State lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow you to kill anyone who breaks onto your property. And, you wouldn't have to worry about getting in trouble.

It's the so-called "Castle Doctrine," designed to protect you and your home.  The recently passed bill allows anyone to use deadly force to stop an intruder, whether it's at your house, business, or even your car. 

The State Assembly passed the bill on a bi-partisan vote on Tuesday.  But, State Representative Donna Seidel voted against it.

"I have never been for it. I do not think that it is an asset to anyone in our communities," Seidel says.

But, most senators felt differently. On Thursday, they passed the bill 26-7. 

Republican Senator Pam Galloway from Wausau told Newsline 9, "Law-abiding citizens shouldn't be forced to run away from their own homes when being faced with an intruder, and they certainly should not have to worry about being sued for defending themselves."

But, the Senate did make one change.  It would say a person who attacks a police officer or emergency worker could get in trouble.  The Assembly will now have to accept that change, and if they do, the bill will move on to Governor Walker who has already expressed his support.

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