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AR – GUN RIGHTS – Arkansas ‘stand your ground’ bill set to become law

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Arkansas lawmakers passed the controversial ‘stand your ground’ bill 72-23 on the House floor Wednesday. The Republican-led measure, SB24, would allow an armed person to use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger. Currently, Arkansas law prohibits a person from using deadly force if they can safely retreat. The ‘stand your ground’ law would end Arkansas’ duty to retreat if the person using deadly force is not a felon, is lawfully present, has a reasonable belief they are being threatened, is not engaged in criminal activity and if the person is not the initial aggressor. Republicans hold a 78-22 margin over Democrats in the Arkansas House. Only 51 votes were needed for passage. [full article]


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