ICCL: New home defence proposals will be 'misunderstood'

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is warning the new home defence proposals from the Law Reform Commission will be misunderstood.

“Changing the law to encourage householders to “stand their ground” when confronted by burglars will be understood by householders as a charter to “have-a-go”," ICCL Director Mark Kelly said.

The Law Reform Commission is recommending victims of crime should have the right to use force to defend themselves in their home, including the use of lethal force.

“The State has a duty to protect the right to life of householders, including through laws that reduce, not increase, the risks they face," Mr Kelly added.

"That duty is not properly discharged by encouraging people to stand their ground and face violence which they could safely avoid.

“The current law, which has stood the test of time, already strikes an appropriate balance in this area” Mr Kelly concluded.


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