Senate Bill 226

Last Action 03/01/22: to Judiciary (S)
Title AN ACT relating to general principles of justification.
Bill Documents Introduced
Bill Request Number 297
Sponsor R. Thomas
Summary of Original Version Create a new section of KRS Chapter 503 to incorporate the "no duty to retreat" provisions elsewhere in the chapter; amend KRS 503.050, 503.055, 503.070, and 503.080 to require a reasonable belief that defensive force is necessary before it is justified; change the term "great bodily harm" to "serious physical injury" as used throughout the Penal Code; amend KRS 503.060 to require an initial aggressor to retreat before the use of force can be justified; repeal KRS 503.120.
Index Headings of Original Version Courts - Justifications, use of force
Crimes and Punishments - Justifications, use of force
Criminal Procedure - Justifications, use of force
Civil Procedure - Justifications, use of force


  • introduced in Senate
  • to Committee on Committees (S)
  • to Judiciary (S)

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