Gov. Mark Dayton is not saying yet whether he would sign the “Castle Doctrine” gun-rights bill, but he had little good to say about the measure that would expand the legal use of deadly force.
“I promised the House author [Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder] that I would take the entire three days on the law to listen to people on both sides of the issue,” Dayton told Minnesota reporters at the White House Friday. “So I’m going to keep that promise.”
Be that as it may, the next thing the Democratic governor said was this: “I take very, very seriously the almost-unanimous opposition of the law enforcement community in Minnesota, police officers, police chiefs, sheriffs, and the others who are putting their lives on the line every day and every night on our behalf.”
Then Dayton added: “I was at one funeral a couple of weeks ago for [Officer]Shawn Schneider in Lake City, and I don’t want to repeat that experience. They’re the ones who have to suffer the consequences of somebody who’s not trained and not experienced overreacting. That’s just unthinkable in Minnesota.”
The House still needs to approve the bill again because of small changes the Senate made to it this week. That vote will likely happen next week. After the House takes the vote, it would go to Dayton. Then the three day ticker would start.