Colorado Man Invokes Make My Day Law Against Intruders

Colorado Man Invokes Make My Day Law Against Intruders

When confronted by three intruders in his home, Al Michaud invoked Colorado’s Make My Day Law and opened fire.

According to, Michaud claimed, “The door opened up quick and three guys came in… That’s when the guys said, ‘You go back there, I’ll take care of him.'”

Thankfully, Mr. Michaud keeps a .357 pistol next to his bed. He bought the gun because of rampant crime in his neighborhood.

“There was one (man) by the door,” Michaud said. “I put a bullet in his chest. I was going to shoot the other one in the chest, but the one who was closest to me hit my arm and the gun went off and hit him in his leg.”

The Make My Day Law comes from a Clint Eastwood line in the movie “Sudden Impact”: citizens are allowed to use deadly force against intruders in their home without fear of prosecution. However, once the intruder leaves the house, that protection from criminal charges no longer applies. 

This is why Mr. Michaud did not shoot the third intruder, who managed to run out of the apartment before Mr. Michaud could get off a shot at him.

So far this is the third incident of a citizen using a gun for protection. Last Friday a woman used a .38 revolver against an intruder to protect her and her twins. On Monday a man protected his two-month old son with his gun against an armed robber.

Image credit: Warner Bros./Dirty Harry


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