Our state legislature seems to be in a “shoot ‘em up” frame of mind given the nature two bills under consideration. The first is HB 1088 – Concerning the use of deadly physical force against a person who makes an illegal entry into a place of business.
The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses. This is a complement to the “make my day” law already on the books in Colorado that provides residents legal protections for using deadly force against home intruders. The bill expanding protections is dubbed “Make My Day Better,” and the unamended bill passed 2nd Reading in the House on February 9.
Then there is HB 1092 – Concerning the authority of a law-abiding person to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. The bill would allow anyone 21 or older who may legally possess a handgun to carry the weapon on school, college, or university grounds. On February 9, the Judiciary Committee referred the unamended bill to the full House for consideration on 2nd Reading. With the number of campus shootings in recent memory, it is incredible that our state representatives believe it should be made easier to carry weapons on to school grounds.