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Joined by fellow Republicans, Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas talks Thursday about her bill that allows Minnesotans to defend themselves with guns beyond what current law allows. With her are Sens. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake and Dave Thompson of Lakeville. don davis | State capitol bureau

Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in state 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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