[/sarcasm] http://www.denverpost.com/ci_5112919 No need to expand home-intruder law HB 1011 is an unnecessary attempt to expand the current "Make My Day" law to cover people who feel threatened while in their cars and businesses. Article Last Updated: 01/29/2007 07:16:06 PM MST Colorado already has two laws that protect crime victims who use deadly force to protect themselves. That's why a controversial proposal dubbed the "Make My Day Better" bill is unnecessary and potentially troublesome. Lawmakers should quickly consign it to the legislative history file. The legislation, House Bill 1011, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, would expand the current home-intruder law to include people who feel threatened by another person while in their cars and businesses. It creates the "presumption" that the person in the house or car or business "has a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury" to themselves or others. Current law places the onus on home occupants to prove they were in fear of their lives. Gardner's bill places the burden on police and prosecutors to prove they weren't. That's preposterous. Colorado's current intruder law says that "any occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force" against an intruder if they reasonably believe "that such other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant." The state's self-defense law says that "deadly physical force" may be used if a person has "reasonable ground to believe" they or others are in "imminent danger of being killed or of receiving great bodily injury," whether they're in a car, office or elsewhere. The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. We're satisfied that Colorado already has ample law to immunize potential victims of, say, carjackings and business intrusions from prosecution. Moreover, HB 1011 has the potential to expand gun violence. Colorado law allows people to carry concealed weapons in their homes, cars and businesses. It seems to us that this measure will have the unintended consequence of providing cover to criminals, including gang members, who decide to shoot from their cars. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert of the 5th Judicial District said, "If it's not self-defense, we don't need to create another law that makes it self-defense." He said the bill raises "serious concerns that this potentially could be used as a defense for drive- by shootings and those kinds of crimes." The Colorado District Attorneys Council is not taking a position on the measure. Colorado sheriffs support the bill. But Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, president of the association, has asked the bill's sponsor to amend the bill to exempt law officers serving a warrant or making a vehicle felony stop at gunpoint. "We don't want this to become a defense" for shooting an officer, he said. That's reason enough to reject this unnecessary measure altogether.