Smith Authors Self Defense Protection Legislation

(Washington, D.C.) United States Congressman, Jason Smith, is introducing his American Family and Private Property Defense Act. A press release from Smith's office says the legislation guarantees American families have the right to defend their home and their private property. It comes after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Monday night. Protesters were marching to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson when they went through a private gated community passing the McCloskey's 1.5 million dollar home. The McCloskey's, who are both attorneys, stood on the front porch of their home with weapons drawn. McCloskey was carrying a semi automatic rifle while his wife held a handgun. Smith's legislation prevents a U.S. citizen from being prosecuted for the use of force against an intruder as long as that force was used to protect themselves, another individual, or private property. Smith, who helped write Missouri's Castle Doctrine laws when he was a member of the Missouri Legislature, says after recent events his bill is critical.