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Gun Control: Will Colorado Make Its Day Better?

There's something flying underneath the radar in the wake of the horrible Aurora theater shootings. That "something" is Colorado House Bill 1088, which would allow employees and managers to use physical and/or deadly force when they have a "reasonable belief" that someone might be dangerous.

The Republican-sponsored bill -- otherwise known as the "Make My Day Better" bill -- has been "postponed indefinitely" since March, but will it be back on the table now? We'll have to wait and see, but here's a snippet of the bill:

2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 18-1-704, any occupant of a dwelling AND ANY OWNER, MANAGER, OR EMPLOYEE OF A PLACE OF BUSINESS 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 OR PLACE OF BUSINESS, and when the occupant OR THE OWNER, MANAGER, OR EMPLOYEE has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling OR PLACE OF BUSINESS 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 OR THE OWNER, MANAGER, OR EMPLOYEE reasonably believes that such THE other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant OF THE DWELLING OR PLACE OF BUSINESS.

(3) Any occupant of a dwelling AND ANY OWNER, MANAGER, OR EMPLOYEE OF A PLACE OF BUSINESS using physical force, including deadly physical force, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall be IS immune from criminal prosecution for the use of such force.

Texas recently passed a bring-a-gun-to-work law and states from Maine to Tennessee are thinking about it, but are more guns at work the answer? It's a pros-and-cons debate our nation will need to have, and soon.

And what do the terms "reasonable belief" and "uninvited entry" mean, exactly, when most customers are technically uninvited -- meaning they simply walk through the door unannounced to buy something or to take care of business? The bill's current language strikes me as rather vague, and potentially rather scary, from the average customer's perspective when potentially interpreted by the average employee.

You can read the full bill here.


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