Arkansas stand your ground law clears legislature

A. Drew Smith
Fort Smith Times Record
Arkansas State Capitol building in Little Rock, Ark. on Monday, Jan. 18. 2021.

In an overwhelming margin, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed a stand your ground law, the 22nd state to do so.

In a 72-23 vote with four representatives not voting and one abstention, state representatives voted to send the bill back to the Senate as passed Wednesday.

The State Senate passed the bill 27-7 with one senator not voting Jan. 19.

Stand your ground laws are meant to protect citizens who use force against another person in self-defense. 

The bill allows for deadly force if the person fears for their life but restricts that provision if the aggressor stops the attack.

For those in favor of stricter gun control, stand your ground laws have been points of contention as they argue it enables gun owners to feel emboldened to use their gun when their life is not in danger.

Supporters of the Second Amendment feel that this protects gun owners who have to use force when attacked. 

The bill is now set to go before Governor Asa Hutchinson to be signed into law.