'Make My Day Better' bill heard in CO Senate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- A proposal to allow Colorado business owners and employees to use deadly force against suspected intruders faces its toughest test yet in the state Senate.

Colorado homeowners already have self-defense protections against invaders under the state's "Make My Day" law but Republicans want to expand it to businesses. Republicans passed the bill in the House with Democratic opposition. The legislation faces long-odds in the Democratic-led Senate.

A committee known for killing Republican proposals is hearing the bill Monday afternoon.

Republicans say people should have the right to protect themselves at work like they do at home. But Democrats say the proposal would give too much power to businesses.

Most states have some variation of a self-defense law for either homes or businesses.

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  • by N on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    I fully support this proposal, but doubt the libs will pass it. I wish the media would elaborate a little more on this matter. In Colorado you have the right to use lethal force wherever, whenever (as long as you are there legally) if you reasonably believe that it is the only way to prevent serious bodily harm to yourself or someone else. You don't have to be in your home to use force to prevent serious harm. The so called "make my day" law allows for the use of lethal force based solely upon the fact that someone is illegally in your home, based on the assumption that anyone illegally in your home is automatically a threat to you or your family. A business owner or employee is not prevented from using lethal force to protect themselves or others in their business, but simply being in that business illegally is not currently justification for the use of lethal force.
  • by Self defense works on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Yes - to the 'Make My Day Better' bill
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