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DENVER — A proposal to allow Colorado business owners and employees to use deadly force against suspected intruders faces its toughest test yet in the state Senate.

Colorado homeowners already have self-defense protections against invaders under the state’s “Make My Day” law but Republicans want to expand it to businesses. Republicans passed the bill in the House with Democratic opposition. The legislation faces long-odds in the Democratic-led Senate.

A committee known for killing Republican proposals is hearing the bill Monday afternoon.

Republicans say people should have the right to protect themselves at work like they do at home. But Democrats say the proposal would give too much power to businesses.

Most states have some variation of a self-defense law for either homes or businesses.