The state Senate approved a measure, SB 273, that would eliminate the provision in Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine that requires a citizen to seek a safe place of retreat when confronted by an assailant before using deadly force. The expanded use of deadly force would not hold for citizens defending themselves with a firearm they have no legal right to carry, under an amendment attached to the bill. The House is expected to include the same language in its Castle Doctrine bill, HB 40. The Governor has said he will sign the changes to the Castle Doctrine into law.