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Published April 09, 2012, 02:59 PM

New law allows Minnesota prosecutors to carry guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors have new authority to arm themselves on duty.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors have new authority to arm themselves on duty.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday signed a bill allowing county attorneys and assistant county attorneys to carry firearms on duty as long as they have a valid permit. County attorneys can impose restrictions in their respective offices.

The bill cleared the Legislature on overwhelming votes.

The bill gained steam after Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell (SCAN'-el) was shot and wounded in December last year by a man he had successfully prosecuted.

The new law takes effect Tuesday.

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