Texas: Understanding Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Laws

Ever wonder if there were certain times when you could legally use the Stand Your Ground defense, or times when you couldn’t use that defense? What about Castle Doctrine—when does that apply? We asked the Texas Law Shield to clarify this for us. Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor of Walker & Byington details the intricacies of Castle Doctrine and No Duty to Retreat laws and what they mean to gun owners in Texas. Click the video below to learn more:

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Do you feel you have a good grasp on Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws? Tell us what you’d like to learn in the comments below:

8 Comments On This Article

  1. Never hurts to review this at all from time to time. I’m a retired LEO and I am a firm believer in reviewing law(s) and changes for time to time.

  2. Most people probably need to review, review, and review these concepts and know the principles behind them. Just saying…I was using the Castle Doctrine won’t cut it in today’s jumbled, twisted and liberal gun hating legal system.

    • I wish people would stop thinking liberals are all anti gun. As a liberal I don’t judge people by their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. I believe in social programs. I hunt and target shoot. I also CC and will shoot anyone trying to harm me. Being liberal does not mean being being too stupid to protect yourself.

  3. Michael Eugene Thornton

    I won’t shoot unless my life or the Life of someone in my company is in mortal circumstances and the danger cannot be defused any other way. Then, I shoot to kill. Thence onward to puke my guts out and call the police and rescue folks. Later I would ask for the victim’s advocacy to pay for counciling and, if necessary, an attorney.

  4. william h turner

    I believe that when a person is sold a firearm for self protection the person who is selling the weapons for self defense should have small pamphlets for the buyer explaining some of these legal situations. These pamphlets would not be that expensive but could save the buyer from getting into a very serious situation. A dollar or two for these pamphlets would be a small price to pay versus legal fees and maybe jail time.