Two bills have advanced to a final House vote to restate more than 400 years of common law that shield from prosecution people who protect themselves from intruders in their homes.
Democrats say the bills go too far in writing into Virginia law civil and criminal immunity for people defending themselves from others illegally in their dwellings.
Democrat Del. Joe Morrissey said Wednesday the law could be used to excuse killing a Girl Scout who shoves her way inside trying to collect money owed for cookies, or an angry former girlfriend returning after a lover's spat. Supporters said it all depends on how aggressive an attacker is.
Republican Del. David Albo says he opposes the bill because it unnecessarily replicates English common law.
A final House vote is expected Thursday.