State Rep. Files Bill to Gut Texas’ Castle Doctrine

Breitbart – by Bob Price

A Democrat State Representative filed a bill this week to modify the Texas Castle Doctrine law. The bill would require homeowners to be “unable to safely retreat” before using deadly force.

State Representative Terry Meza (D-Irving) filed House Bill 196 to significantly modify the Texas Castle Doctrine Law. “What my bill would do if passed, would require a homeowner to exhaust the potential of safely retreating into their habitation before using deadly force in defense of themselves or their property,” Meza tweeted.

“I filed this bill because the castle doctrine as it currently exists emboldens people to take justice into their own hands,” she continued. “While theft is obviously wrong, we have laws to address that.”

Reaction from Texas Governor Greg Abbott came quickly.

“The Castle Doctrine will not be reduced. We won’t force Texas homeowners to retreat” Governor Abbott tweeted. “Especially with the crazy ‘defund police’ ideas, homeowners need to protect themselves now more than ever. We will protect 2nd Amendment rights.”

Explaining her position, Meza tweeted, “I don’t believe that stealing someone’s lawn ornament should be an offense punishable by death.”

One Twitter user expressed his displeasure with Meza’s bill.

Meza also filed other anti-gun legislation on the opening day of pre-filing bills for the legislative session that begins in January. Those bills include HB178 that would prohibit the possession and transfer of a firearm magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.

“High-capacity magazines are largely unnecessary in regards to hunting and self defense,” she wrote in a letter detailing her legislative plans. “If it takes you more than ten shots to hit the animal you’re hunting, you probably shouldn’t be hunting.”

In addition to adding a requirement to “safely retreat” before using deadly force, the bill also strips out two crimes to which a person could use deadly force — robbery and aggravated robbery.

An apparent parody reporting the legislator’s thoughts about the bill explains:

Under the new law the homeowner’s obligation is to flee the home at the first sign of intrusion. If fleeing is not possible he must cooperate with the intruder. But if violence breaks out it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure no one gets hurt. The best way to achieve this is to use the minimum non-lethal force possible because intruders will be able to sue for any injuries they receive at the hands of the homeowner.”

“In most instances the thief needs the money more than the homeowner does,” Meza reasoned. “The homeowner’s insurance [will] reimburse his losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help make this transfer a peaceful one so much the better.”

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9 thoughts on “State Rep. Files Bill to Gut Texas’ Castle Doctrine

  1. Won’t work out here in mountain lion country, Meza ol’ Messy…or do you just want to be referred to as the Hispanic version of Commie Kammy ol’ gal? Bwahahahahahahahahahah!

  2. you know what? you can shove the Castle Doctrine up yer ass punk!

    we dont need that shit to get the job done …try coming through my door unwelcomed asshole

    fck around and find out

    Go Read the Bill of Rights before you think you represent any one of us

  3. Agreed with all above comments.

    Also, we certainly hope every one of you criminals in Government engaged in the naked treason you are, have Zero Ability to safely retreat to any safe place or thumb sucking position, when the real Americans start coming for all of you.

    You all have no idea how naked you are, you have no idea how close you all are to being on the receiving end of a massive popular uprising from several factions at first, but then, the real American Nationals are going to rise and the shaking in the ground will begin.

    Your enforcer heroes are going to fkn vaporize away in cowardice once they realize they have no chance of surviving to enjoy their i’ll gotten gains, retirements, Harleys and speed boats….!

    The Government of NO Authority…..again thinks it has….. We the people hereby declare you traitors. The Trials can wait till you surrender at a later date.

  4. Where do these people come from—they want laws to protect the thief, intruder, rapist, killer, and just tough for the home owner if he defends his family and property. Have they no common sense—a lawbreaker has made a decision to commit a crime, and he should know his victim will try to protect themselves–to the point of killing the law breaker. If he is so willing, may God help him.

  5. “In most instances the thief needs the money more than the homeowner does,” Meza reasoned. “The homeowner’s insurance [will] reimburse his losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help make this transfer a peaceful one so much the better.”

    How wonderful to see the Communistic/Solcialistic agenda (ie., The Left; The Democrats; etc.) right out in the open. Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile.

    Of course, those who think of these wonderful pieces of legislature usually never have to worry about what they push (much like dug dealers…). And even if they did, they get “Qualified Immunity”. Cops don’t get all the perks.

    Politicians – can’t trust ’em, won’t eat ’em.

    1. Someone might tell you that there is is no left/right, no democrats/republicans. There is only our ratified supreme law, our Bill of Rights. Someone might.


  6. Well Ms. Meza, I have to tell you when I first read this I thought it was a joke. Wow, the only joke is you! What fuzzy world did you grow up in? There have been some fools in politics for sure, but you by FAR have taken over first place! Somebody please wake me up ! I would like to author a new Bill, HR196A .. “If you intend to enter someone else’s home without authorization from the residents living within you MUST first call State Representative Terry Meza and make arrangements for her to accompany your unlawful entry”. In fact you can do it at my home first, I’ll volunteer to see how it goes. But please read the sign as you enter…”I won’t ask who you are….But I’ll be sure to tell them who you were!”

  7. I would put a paycheck on it that they are all written and sponsored by a certain group of people that control our congress and live on the border of Egypt Lebanon and Gaza

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