Dayton says he needs to study up on deadly force billby Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't yet know if he'll sign or veto a bill that would give Minnesotans more leeway in using deadly force to defend their property or dwelling.
A Senate committee approved the so-called castle doctrine measure Thursday. The House passed the bill last year. The bill allows deadly force in several defined circumstances if people feel like they're in imminent danger.
Dayton said he needs to do more research on the issue.
"Last year, I was concerned because law enforcement in Minnesota was mostly opposed," he said. "But I understand the concern of people wanting to protect themselves and their families. So you know, it's something I'll have to look at."
Several law enforcement groups remain opposed to the bill, which is now headed for a full Senate vote.