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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 729

 

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 1220

   

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. DEBICELLA, 21st Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE BY A HOMEOWNER AGAINST AN INTRUDER.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 53a-20 of the general statutes be amended to create a rebuttable presumption that if an intruder enters a private home, it is reasonable for the homeowner to believe the intruder is about to use deadly physical force or inflict great bodily harm, thereby justifying the use of equivalent defensive measures against the intruder.

Statement of Purpose:

To permit a homeowner to justifiably use physical force to respond in kind to an intruder by creating a presumption that it is reasonable for a homeowner to believe that an intruder is about to use deadly force or inflict great bodily harm.