Colorado Make my Day Law has been a hot topic in the news, here is a quick review of what you need to know. Remember this law is not a Castle Doctrine. A Castle Doctrine is used in states where there is a duty to retreat and to waive that duty in your home you have a castle doctrine. Colorado has no duty to retreat there for no castle doctrine is needed.
18-1-704.5 Use Of Deadly Physical Force Against An Intruder (“Make My Day Law”)
1. The general assembly hereby recognizes that the citizens of Colorado have a
right to expect absolute safety within their own homes.
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 18-1-704, any occupant of a dwelling is
justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the uninvited entry, or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the uninvited entry, and when the occupant reasonably believes that such other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant.
3. Any occupant of a dwelling using physical force, including deadly physical force, in accordance with the provisions or subsection (2) of this section shall be immune from criminal prosecution for the use of such force.
4. Any occupant of a dwelling using physical force, including deadly physical force, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall be immune from any civil liability for injuries or death resulting from the use of such force.
Colorado make my day Law….
is one of the broadest make my day laws in the country when it comes to protecting one’s home. One thing to remember is one of the key safety rules...BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET and what is beyond. You are still responsible for every round that leaves your gun. Remember in make my day situations and all self-protection endeavors to use proper JHP (jacketed hollow point) ammunition to avoid over-penetration.