Graves Introduces Legislation Guaranteeing All Americans Can Protect Their Families, Homes & Property

Americans Shouldn’t Live in Fear of Rogue Prosecutors

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Sam Graves joined Congressman Jason Smith in introducing the American Family and Private Property Defense Act, which ensures federal law protects the right of every American to defend their families, their homes, and their property. H.R. 7716 comes after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner filed charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Monday.

“Every American should feel safe in their own home. We shouldn’t live in fear of mobs or intruders threatening our lives, our families, or our property. This bill ensures Americans have the right to defend themselves and their families. It is the law of the land in Missouri and it should be everywhere,” said Graves.

“With radicals in Washington threatening to defund the police and rogue prosecutors threatening homeowners with prosecution, we’re left with fewer and fewer options to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and our property. This bill ensures every American’s fundamental right to be secure in their own home is protected by federal law.”

The American Family and Private Property Defense Act prevents U.S. citizens from being prosecuted for using force to protect themselves, another person, or private property against intruders. Under this legislation, Americans can use force without first retreating from intruders.