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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 21, 2023 10:29 AM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Re-establishing the “Duty to Retreat” law.
It has been over a decade since Pennsylvania became one of a growing number of states that passed a “Stand Your Ground” law. I will soon be introducing legislation to repeal this law.
In 2011, I was deeply concerned about the potential for personal and societal harm. As a result of several recent national “stand your ground” incidents where numerous individuals have been injured or killed, I am increasingly concerned for the personal safety of our constituents.   
The “Stand Your Ground” law encourages our neighbors to react from a position of fear. As such, individuals or strangers who they may not know, or who do not look or act like them, may prompt an entirely unnecessary aggressive or punitive response from an individual in possession of a firearm. 
Under the legislation, which is a companion bill to Senate Bill 424 introduced by Senator Santarsiero, Pennsylvania would re-establish its “Duty to Retreat” law, which states that a person facing a dangerous threat outside of their home must retreat or try to resolve the situation by non-violent means if it’s safe to do so, with the use of force legally available as a last resort.
It is time we take an evidence-based approach to our gun policy and repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to re-establish Pennsylvania’s “Duty to Retreat” law.