'Make My Day' Law May Expand

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

Colorado lawmakers may soon expand the "Make My Day" law which allows someone to use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes, without being prosecuted.

The new measure called "Make My Day Better" will go before the house on Wednesday. By simply expanding the current law, it would protect people in their businesses and cars, not just in their homes.

Tajinder Dhillon's Indian Grocery Store off Academy was robbed at gunpoint 3 times last year.

"Usually we close at 10 o'clock, now we're closing at 8," Dhillon said.

He said he's all for any kind of law that would help protect him at work and that’s exactly what the new measure is designed to do, protect people in their businesses and cars.

"It simply says that if somebody breaks into your home or your business or your vehicle and you have a reasonable fear of harm, then you have the right to use lethal force in self-defense," said Colorado State Representative Cory Gardner.

Back in 1993, there was a controversial case in Colorado Springs. 17-year-old Carmen Tagliere was shot and killed by retired Army Col. Vern Smalley during a traffic altercation.

Smalley was charged with 1st degree murder, but a jury found him not guilty because they said he acted in self-defense. If the make my day better law would have existed back then its likely Smalley wouldn't of even been charged at all.

"People should have a right to protect themselves no matter where they are if they are in a place they have a legal right to be," said Representative Gardner.

As expected the measure is facing opposition, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald says lawmakers need to be careful of unintended consequences from this law. She wonders if they want to approve lethal force to protect a car.


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