Senator Smallwood explained SB18-185, concerning the use of deadly physical force against a person who has made an illegal entry into a place of business. He discussed the history of the bill and emphasized that it adds a place of business to the locations that may be defended using physical force in certain circumstances. Existing law allows for occupants of a home or dwelling to use deadly force. He provided examples of being alone and unprotected in a business setting and the bill's applicability.
Senator Smallwood answered question from the committee about determining intent to commit a crime and defining physical force. The committee discussed the various circumstances in which the bill would apply, and who the bill would target. Concerns were raised about the deadly force provisions being used more widely against people of color Discussion followed about the adequacy and application of current law. Points were raised that the bill is a policy shift regarding immunity and liability.