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Change in state's self defense law passes Missouri House

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The Missouri House has passed a change in the state's self-defense law.
While some choose to add more dead bolt locks or a security system, others get their concealed carry license for added home security.
"The police have told me that once you've been robbed once, they'll come back," said Tina Smith, Joplin resident.  "Next time, I want to be ready."
Under the "castle doctrine" law in Missouri, residents have the right to use lethal force to defend their property.
"Basically in Missouri, you have the right to defend yourself against an intruder whether you're in your home or out in public, but you have to be able to demonstrate that you thought your life was in danger," said Chief Carl Francis of the Webb City Police Department.
The amendment to HB 1539 aims to expand those rights to include those staying on a property with the home owner's consent.
"I will never go out of town again without somebody house-sitting for me and it would be wonderful if they would be able to be protected against the same laws that I'm protected under," Smith said.
Police encourage everyone to act responsibly.
"If owning a firearm is what they wish to do, I strongly encourage that as long as they've taken steps to train themselves, make sure they're familiar with that firearm and know how to use it," Francis said.
The proposal requires no duty for a guest to retreat if someone enters the home illegally.
The legislation now goes to the Senate.
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