Posted: Jun 21, 2010 5:26 PM by John Romero
Updated: Jun 21, 2010 8:12 PM
In the wake of a home invasion turned shooting death in Colorado Springs over the weekend, many are asking exactly what the state's "Make My Day" is all about. "Make my day is a little different in that the legislature wanted you to feel safe in your home." says El Paso Count District Attorney Dan May, "It is your castle and you should feel protected in your home."
It's a lot different from a self defense law that you can use reasonable force to fend off an attacker in public. "Make My Day" goes a step further. The law allows for deadly force, but it only comes in to play when your house is broken in to commit a crime and you are physically threatened. "At that point you're allowed to use any amount of force you want to stop them in your home." explains May, "It can't be in a yard. It can't be in a back yard and it can't be someone you've invited over otherwise."
Though May does support the right to protect oneself, he says any situation what requires the use of deadly force will not be handled lightly. "It's not a license to just go out an shoot somebody or kill somebody." he says "You have to have cause to do that and the reasonable belief that you are about to be injured."