Minnesota’s “Personal Protection Act” expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate.

Image: Chris Gaukel/Flickr A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense…

Image: Chris Gaukel/Flickr

A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate.

The Personal Protection Act – described by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said.

“This bill isn’t just about guns,” it is about allowing any use of deadly force if necessary to guard against imminent danger, Hoffman said.

The bill, approved by the House last year, also would require Minnesota to recognize firearms permits from other states and would prevent law enforcement from confiscating weapons during governor-declared states of emergency like Hoffman said occurred after Hurricane Katrina.

Source: Danielle Nordine for South Washington County Bulletin.

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