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Bill Expanding Gun Rights Keeps Moving In Minnesota

HandgunST. 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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