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Published April 28 2011

Gun legislation gets committee hearing in House

ST. PAUL — A bill that would change the state's laws on gun permits and the right to use deadly force in cases of self-defense is getting a hearing before a House public safety committee.

The committee plans to hear testimony on the bill Thursday.

Among other things, the bill expands the state's laws on use of deadly force in self-defense situations. It creates a presumption that anyone who forcefully or stealthily enters a home intends to cause harm, so deadly force is allowed.

Proponents say it allows law-abiding citizens to stand their ground. Those against the bill say it would allow deadly force even if the person is making a peaceable entry and is unarmed.

The bill also would require that Minnesota recognize gun permits issued by other states.