Deadly force bill

Stephanie Laumer

Law enforcement and prosecutors are urging Minnesota lawmakers not to pass a bill that would give citizens more freedom to use deadly force.

Current law allows people to use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger while defending their home.

The bill would expand the definition of a dwelling to include a home, a hotel room, tent, car or boat.  

The House of Representatives passed the bill last year and last week the Senate Finance Committee gave it the green light.  If it passes in the Senate, Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't know if he will sign it into law or not.

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said at a Thursday press conference that the bill would make serving warrants and entering homes even more dangerous for officers. Champlin Police Chief Dave Kolb said the bill creates a loophole for getting away with murder.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has called the reaction from law enforcement "over the top" and says the bill provides protection for officers.

Information was gathered from the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio.