Jul 17, 2013 8:12 PM by Bill Folsom

Colorado self defense laws similar to "Stand your Ground"

Self defense laws across the country are being called into question following the not guilty verdict in the second-degree murder and manslaughter trial for George Zimmerman who was accused of killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin. There are national leaders like U.S. Attorney General, Eric Hoder, who are saying states should reconsider statues like the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida.

Many know about Colorado's "Make My Day Law" which allows you to use deadly force if you feel your life is threatened while you are inside your home. What about outside your home in public areas? Actually Colorado law is very similar to Florida's," said El Paso/Teller District Attorney, Dan May. Colorado does not have a law called "Stand Your Ground." Instead statues on self defense say Colorado is a "no duty to retreat" state. "Under Colorado law you can defend yourself or others from eminent use of deadly force and you can use deadly force if you think it's reasonable at that moment," said May.

Close to half of u.s. states have self defense laws similar to stand your ground.



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