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Governor Dayton Vetoes Deadly Force Bill

Mark DaytonST. PAUL  (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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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