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Wisconsin Senate passes "Castle Doctrine"


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that would allow homeowners to kill intruders without fear of liability.

The bill that passed with bipartisan support creates a presumption of legal immunity for someone who injures or kills a person breaking into the defender's home, vehicle or workplace. The measure requires a judge to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent harm.

The Assembly passed the proposal on a bipartisan 71-24 vote on Tuesday. The Senate passed it 26-7 Thursday.

The Senate made a change in the bill to make clear that the protection would not protect a shooter who attacked someone they should have known was a public safety officer.

The Assembly will be required to pass the bill again to accept that change.

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