Grove Calls Castle Doctrine Signing ‘Victory for the People’

Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett signing House Bill 40, which is also known as the Castle Doctrine: 

“Governor Tom Corbett’s signature on legislation that will allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves is a victory for the people.  The new law removes the duty to retreat and allows Pennsylvanians to stand their ground and fight off an attacker.  This measure will allow an individual to take whatever action may be necessary to preserve his or her life and protect the safety of loved ones when legitimately threatened. 

“This is one of the most popular proposals among York County residents.  I have heard from so many people who are fed up with laws that protect criminals and ignore the rights of victims.  The new law will provide civil lawsuit protection for those citizens who genuinely act in self defense and will hinder the attempts of criminals to seek jury awards for injuries they receive in the perpetration of a crime. 

“I applaud Representative Scott Perry and all my colleagues in the House who came together to make this proposal a reality.  It was a great blow to our civil rights when former Governor Ed Rendell vetoed this legislation last year, but Governor Corbett’s signature today goes to show that nothing can stand in the way of good policy.” 

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at and

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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