Interesting Read for everyone, it summarizes the various laws and legal aspects of "Castle Laws":
To sum it up for the click lazy:
"A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal concept derived from English Common Law, which designates one's place of residence (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as one's car or place of work) as a place in which one enjoys protection from illegal trespassing and violent attack. It then goes on to give a person the legal right to use deadly force to defend that place (his/her "castle"), and/or any other innocent persons legally inside it, from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack. In a legal context, therefore, use of deadly force which actually results in death may be defended as justifiable homicide under the Castle Doctrine.
Castle Doctrines are legislated by state, and not all states in the US have a Castle Doctrine"
The best thing the Castle Law did for TX is to limit civil liability:
"In addition to providing a valid defense in criminal law, many versions of the Castle Doctrine, particularly those with a "Stand-Your-Ground clause", also have a clause which provides immunity from any lawsuit filed on behalf of the assailant for damages/injury resulting from the shootings. Without this clause, it is possible for an assailant to sue for medical bills, disability, and pain and suffering as a result of the injuries inflicted by the shooter, or for their next-of-kin to sue for wrongful death in the case of a shooting fatality. Even if successfully refuted, the defendant (the homeowner/shooter) must often pay thousands of dollars in legal costs as a result of such lawsuits, and thus without immunity, such civil action could be used for revenge against a shooter acting lawfully.
The only exceptions to this civil immunity are generally situations of excessive force, where the shooter fired on a subdued, cooperative or disabled assailant. A situation meeting this exception generally invalidates the criminal "castle defense" as well."
And apparently the Castle Law has been working for Florida Citizens (tourist are more frequently targeted now; gurantee of no gun):
"In 2005, there were 762,859 violent crimes compared to 638,256 estimated for 2007 as reported in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Uniform Crime Reports. This decrease is in spite of an increase in the population."
TX also made it easier to protect yourself while traveling/in your car:
"Texas also signed HB1815 a new bill that allows any Texas resident to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in the resident's car. Now, it simply isnít an offense to carry a gun in a vehicle, but with these three critical qualifiers: (1) the gun must be concealed; (2) the carrier cannot be involved in criminal activities; (3) the carrier cannot be a member of a criminal gang. The fourth rule isnít mentioned in the bill, but stands from laws on the books for a long time, and that is that no felon can carry or even be around a gun."
But no state in the Union can touch Vermont on gun freedom, they have no state gun laws.
This obviously wouldn't apply for theft of your vehicle in your driveway, but if they broke in the garage that might be considered Burglary and constitute standing your ground.
Either way glad to hear they caught the thief.