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Monday, March 5, 2012

Deadly Force Bill Vetoed

Police across the state are grateful to Governor Dayton today for vetoing the bill that would allow people to shoot  to defend their property-lowering the standard from fear imminent great bodily harm.   I am not aware of any problems in the state with the current law, so I don't know why the need for the change.  When Sergeant Gary Wilson was shot and killed here in the 90's the shooter in that case claimed some of what this bill would have allowed.  This veto is will help keep our police officers safe.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the cases in which people could use deadly force to defend their dwellings.
The bill would have created the presumption that a person using deadly force believed that they were in danger of harm from any intruder in their home or dwelling. The bill would have expanded the definition of dwelling to include a hotel room, car, tent or boat.
Police and prosecutors had strongly opposed the measure, with police saying it could make it more dangerous for officers to enter homes.

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