Governor Rick Perry did as he promised and signed into law a bill that strengthens the right of Texans to defend themselves.
Two things one should keep foremost in mind:
1) It comes into effect on Sept 1, which is about six or so months away -- it's not immediate; and
2) It's a "Stand Your Ground" law, not "Castle Doctrine" -- we already had a "Castle Doctrine" law.
While some of the new law is actually redundant -- Chapter Nine of the Penal Code already states that a citizen may use deadly force to prevent a fairly comprehensive list of felonies, and it applies a "reasonable man" test to any duty to retreat -- but the civil immunity part is jolly well outstanding.
I have to admit, this quote by the Washington Post:
"...the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous ..."
gives me the warm fuzzies.
Ubiquitous. Goodness, they hauled out the thesaurus, didn't they?
"Guns are 'ubiquitous' in Texas." Damned skippy they are, and we like it that way, too.
Cue gun-grabber snivelling in five ... four ... three ...
Ah, well. I think in honour of this new law, I'll take my tax return and go buy myself a sleek little 9mm with a Czech pedigree.