Texas Sen. Royce West wants to introduce legislation to change how the state handles home invasion shootings. West’s legislation wouldn’t expressly be unfavorable for gun owners, it would just put the legal process back into the hands of the courts.
According to Dallas’s KDAF-TV, the idea for change came as a result of the Trayvon Martin incident and has become the topic of discussion most recently because of two unrelated home invasion shootings.
The first, a Fort Worth pastor whipped out a gun against an intruder who was breaking into his home. Pastor Anthony Jobe said, “That’s unfortunate a shooting pastor I know, but I shoot more as a hobby and I like to go to the gun range, but that is unfortunate that it happened like this but you got to do what you got to do to protect your family.” Jobe only wounded the man and reported that he is thankful that the man is still alive — does that count as saving a soul?
The second home invasion happened on the previous day and resulted in a fatal shooting as a home owner shot and killed an intruder.
As a result, Sen. West is getting a bit wary about all of these Castle Doctrine home shootings, which provides homeowners with protection if a home invasion results in lethal force. Now, before you jump to any conclusions, what West wants isn’t really all that bad. He doesn’t want to get rid of the Castle Doctrine, he just wants to put the legal matters in the hands of a grand jury rather than in the hands of the police.
He said, “I don’t want the police department to be in a position where they end up having to be the judge and the jury […] Let the grand jury hear the evidence and make a determination whether or not it was justifiable homicide.” West added that he would absolutely use his own gun to protect his family is somebody broke into his home.