ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has sent a bill to Gov. Mark Dayton that would expand the situations where people can use deadly force.

The House approved the bill in an 85-47 vote Wednesday.

State law already allows a person to defend their home or dwelling with deadly force. This bill widens the definition of dwelling to include overnight accommodations, cars, tents and boats.

The bill also creates a presumption that anyone who uses deadly force in these cases believes they are threatened with harm, and eliminates an obligation in current law to retreat from such situations.

The Senate added a provision that does not allow anyone to use deadly force if they believe the person entering their property is a police officer.

Dayton has not said if he’ll veto the bill.

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Comments (10)
  1. Yay!! says:

    Let’s shoot burglars!!!

  2. CJ says:

    I CANNOT wait for the first CWP holder to save the life of a naysaying hippie under this law should Dayton sign it. I’ll be the first in a long line of people waiting to say “I told you so”. This is so far from a “license to kill” as many liberal fools are calling it. It grants law abiding Americans their constitutional right to self preservation, and the immunity from civil litigation just may make us have the desire to protect someone else where we would normally not have under the current law.

    1. Rufus says:

      I lean a bit to the left and I am also considered a “hippie” by some. I believe we should enjoy all our constitutional rights including our second amendment rights. Yes I carry and I am a bit left but not that left so don’t lump us all together. I hunt, fish and wear leather, ride a Harley and love to shoot. And I hope to see a CWP holder save lives too.

  3. Little Tin God says:

    I think the term is vigilante.

    1. pumphandle says:

      Here’s me hoping 5 hardcore thugs break into your motel room tomorrow and erase you from existence, at least you won’t be a vigilante.

  4. Kevin says:

    I hope the picture there is of guns from dead criminals that were taken out by law abiding citizens.

  5. KEVIN says:

    If you want the law to be signed do what I did. Send a e-mail to the gov reninding him he was elected by a majority of the people and now he must sign the bill because the majority want the bill and our elected officals listed to us. Go to the NRA WEB SITE they can dircet you to a form to send to the gov’s office.
    The other KEVIN

    1. Crazy Joe says:

      Here is the link. Send the gov a friendly but firm message that you want him to sign this.

  6. Murph says:

    Perps tend to target those most vulnerable,where does a gal in summer clothes hide her gun? Will wearing a jacket when it is 80/90 degrees send a message to the bad guys or get you heat stroke? With every action there is a reaction. Rural perps EXPECT to have a fight with or with out firearms .The law is primarily an inner city law! Rural people better understand that the only animals that readily try to attack or kill someone are two legged or a really bad or guard dog! We rurals know we don’t need a firearm but many do have them handy because of those two exceptions.Wild animals in this country don’t kill people,bad people do! It will end up being another tax/fee related novelty and not of much value to the majority of people! I’d demand a little more of lawmakers than adding more layers of red tape and sources of accidental mayhem. They should stop grandstanding an do something useful that is not a wildly expensive gift to an illegal donor!

    1. CJ says:

      Minnesota is an open carry state and Murph is a moron. My wife looks damn good in a summer outfit with a gun on her hip. Should she be targeted, I carry 2 more….. Even in our rural town of 135.

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