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Ingebrigtsen supports gun rights bill

Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, voted in favor of the Personal Protection Act Thursday.

The bill would extend the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be.

Ingebrigtsen said the measure was an easy one to support.

"When we raise our right uphold the Constitution, we have to uphold all of the Constitution [and] that includes the right to bear arms."

Ingebrigtsen said the act gives the public the opportunity to defend themselves against criminals.

The senator said the arguments against the act - that it would promote vigilante justice - were exaggerated.

"So often what's happening here [at the Capitol] and what you heard today was many hypotheticals - this is going to be a killing bill, this is going to be a shooting bill," he said. "This is not what's going to happen."

Ingebrigtsen added that he hopes Governor Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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