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Missouri bill would allow babysitters, guests to use deadly force

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Missouri law now allows property owners to use deadly force, but a bill making its way through the General Assembly would give babysitters and guests the right to use deadly force against intruders.

Some area residents were surprised to learn that babysitters, grandparents and other guests inside a home weren’t automatically given the right to use deadly force when faced with an intruder or burglar.

“It’s concerning that they wouldn’t be allowed to act at this point in time,” said Julie Powers, a mother of two.

The Missouri House overwhelmingly passed the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, R-Carrollton.

“This is a common sense extension of the law that would empower a nanny or babysitter or anyone with the owner’s permission to occupy a property, to defend himself or herself against an intruder,” McGaugh said.

HB 2126 extends existing Castle Doctrine law to include anyone inside a residence with the specific permission of the resident.

The bill is now pending in the Missouri Senate and could come up for a vote later this week.

Laura Horn is a grandmother to seven children and can’t imagine using deadly force.

Her daughter, who is the mother of two children, hopes the bill becomes law.

“I think I like the prospect of that. If it’s a right for me as a homeowner, I want whoever is in my house protecting my kids to be able to protect them to the fullest,” she said.

One concern raised about the bill is that it was written too broadly and deadly force could be used by a fan at a sporting event.

By DeAnn Smith and Bonyen Lee


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  • W. M. Baker

    How do they claim a fan at a sports event be included in this bill. It’s already illegal to take a firearm into a sports stadium even if you have a concealed carry permit. If a fan should pull out a gun, he or she is already violating the law. Therefore the provisions of HB2126 would not apply. That is just an attempt to block the bill by misleading people. Typical anti-gun tactic.

    • rose

      W.M.- I agree, protecting your home and your family, from inside your home, has has nothing to do with public places.

  • Mascoutan

    How does the statement, “One concern raised about the bill is that it was written too broadly and deadly force could be used by a fan at a sporting event.” even apply to this article or the bill? DeAnn Smith and Bonyen Lee need to provide some support of this sentence as others have pointed out above, this sentence makes absolutely no sense as written.

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