ST. PAUL (AP) - A proposal expanding the right to use deadly force in self-defense continues its advance through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The gun bill from GOP Rep. Tony Cornish goes before a House judiciary panel Wednesday after passing a public safety committee last week.

The legislation would grant the right to defend oneself using deadly force in an expanded definition of home, including a garage, car, deck, tent, boat, overnight accommodation or other dwelling.

The person wouldn't have to retreat from a threatening situation first.

Current law allows the use of deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable fear of great bodily harm or death or to prevent a felony.

Supporters want to give people more latitude to defend themselves. Opponents include law enforcement groups who say the change would endanger officers.

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