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Associated Press, Published April 09 2012

New law allows Minnesota prosecutors to carry guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota prosecutors have new authority to arm themselves on duty.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday signed a bill allowing county attorneys and assistant county attorneys to carry firearms on duty as long as they have a valid permit. County attorneys can impose restrictions in their respective offices.

The bill cleared the Legislature on overwhelming votes.

The bill gained steam after Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell (SCAN’-el) was shot and wounded in December last year by a man he had successfully prosecuted.

The new law takes effect Tuesday.


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