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CHAPTER 127-H.F.No. 783 An act relating to crime prevention; specifying that peace officers' use of less lethal munitions does not constitute deadly force; amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 609.066, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 609.066, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [DEADLY FORCE DEFINED.] For the purposes of this section, "deadly force" means force which the actor uses with the purpose of causing, or which the actor should reasonably know creates a substantial risk of causing, death or great bodily harm. The intentional discharge of a firearm, other than a firearm loaded with less lethal munitions and used by a peace officer within the scope of official duties, in the direction of another person, or at a vehicle in which another person is believed to be, constitutes deadly force. "Less lethal munitions" means projectiles which are designed to stun, temporarily incapacitate, or cause temporary discomfort to a person. "Peace officer" has the meaning given in section 626.84, subdivision 1. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 16, 2001 Signed by the governor May 18, 2001, 12:22 p.m.