Minnesota senate passes Defense of Dwelling and Person ActSt. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota lawmakers pass a bill allowing people more freedom to protect themselves.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Minnesota lawmakers pass a bill allowing people more freedom to protect themselves. The state senate voted 40 to 23 on the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act. Governor Mark Dayton has to approve the proposal, but he's concerned with police opposition.
The bill would allow people to use deadly force outside their homes in places like hotel rooms, yards, and vehicles. Opponents argue it'd make it harder to charge a criminal with murder and put more people in danger.
Lt. Tory Jacobson – Moorhead Police Department: “If we felt that the law was inefficient, that would be one thing, but our position would be that we feel that the law adequately addresses this concern because people in Minnesota do have the right to protect themselves and their household with the potential use of deadly force.”
32 other states have a similar self-defense law. The bill creates a presumption anyone using deadly force believes they are in danger.