N.D. has 'castle doctrine'

N.D. has 'castle doctrine'


The sponsor of North Dakota’s “castle doctrine” law says it calls for a “duty to retreat” to avoid using force, unless it’s in a person’s home, vehicle or motor home.

“If you’re outside and you can, you have the duty to retreat,” said Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, who sponsored the law in 2007.

He said as far as he knows, it hasn’t been used.

“All we did was amend an already existing law. We added some things about the duty to retreat and we added components that you don’t have to retreat if you’re in your home,” Porter said.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says North Dakota is one of at least 22 states with laws that provide civil immunity in certain cases of self-defense.


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