Feb 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A bill that would allow citizens more freedom to use deadly force is now on a fast track to Governor Mark Dayton.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday with bipartisan support in a 40-23 vote after heated debate.
LAWMAKERS PASS CASTLE DOCTRINE: Read HF1467, expanding the right to use deadly force in protecting a home or dwelling
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 or death. It expands the definition of dwelling to also mean a hotel room, tent, car or boat.
Some Democrats and law enforcement groups shared concerns that the bill makes it harder to charge a criminal with murder and said it puts police in greater danger when entering homes.
Dayton has not said if he will veto the bill, but was concerned with police opposition.