Arkansas Senate panel advances ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced legislation loosening restrictions on the use of deadly force in self defense, two years after failing before the same committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposal that would remove the state’s duty to retreat before using deadly force in certain circumstances. The measure now heads to the majority-Republican Senate. The proposal failed before the same committee two years ago but was widely expected to win approval Wednesday, with five of the bill’s sponsors holding seats on the eight-person panel.

Online records indicate SB24 sponsored by Sen. Bob Ballinger of Ozark has 27 cosponsors, including Sen. Scott Flippo of Bull Shoals and Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View.

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