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Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas talks about her bill that senators debated Thursday to expand the cases in which Minnesotans can use guns to defend themselves.

Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

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ST. PAUL -- A bill that would expand Minnesotans' self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate.

The Personal Protection Act - known by many opponents as the "shoot first" bill - extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said.

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