Date published: April 9, 2012
Journal code: NEAM
On March 5, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed Minnesota's proposed "stand your ground" law. The legislation was an attempt by legislators to offer greater legal protection to those using armed self-defense. The state already passed an improved castle doctrine law that extended the law to cover individuals using armed self-defense beyond not only their homes, but also their businesses or cars. The Minnesota Defense of Dwelling and Person Act was an extension of this protection for the use of deadly force for self-defense to include gun users anywhere and removed the "duty to retreat" requirement currently in place. Democratic Governor Dayton has been closely listening to law enforcement, which has been opposed to the measure because of the fear that it would put "officers at risk," even though the bill is expected to pass through the legislature with bipartisan support.