Deadly force gun bill passes again to full Senate 09 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A bill expanding the situations where citizens can use deadly force in their home is headed for a vote by the full Minnesota Senate.

The state House passed the gun bill last year and senators gave it a final committee vote Thursday. A number of law enforcement groups are against the bill, but opponents say they see little opportunity at this point to stop it from passing. Those critics say they fear the legislation could endanger police officers.

The bill allows the use of deadly force with a weapon if people feel like they’re in imminent danger while defending a dwelling. That could include a home, a hotel room or other overnight accommodation, a tent, car or boat.

Gov. Mark Dayton has not indicated if he supports the bill.

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