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Stearns Co. Attorney Weighs-in on Self-Defense Bill [AUDIO]

ST. CLOUD – A bill that would allow citizens more freedom to use deadly force is getting a lot of attention at the State Capitol.  The bill creates a presumption that anyone who uses deadly force while in a home or dwelling does so believing themselves in danger of harm of death.  It also expands the definition of dwelling to also mean a hotel room, tent, car or boat.

Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall talked about the bill on WJON this (Monday) morning.  She says she doesn’t think the law change would make much of a difference.

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Some law enforcement groups are concerned that the bill would make it harder to charge a criminal with murder, and they believe it puts police in greater danger when entering homes.

The House is expected to vote on the bill this (Monday) afternoon.  The Senate passed it last Thursday.  Governor Mark Dayton has not said whether he’d sign the bill, but has expressed concern about it.

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