Stand Your Ground Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk


The Arkansas State House is sending the Stand Your Ground bill to the desk of Governor Hutchinson.  The bill has received a lot of attention both in last year’s session and this one.  The law, if signed by the governor, loosens restrictions on deadly force in self-defense situations.  Current law says a person must retreat if possible, whereas this bill loosens those restrictions.

The bill passed the House Wednesday with 72, a majority, representatives voting for the bill, and 23 voting against it.

A similar proposal failed two years ago after State Senator Stephanie Flowers (D- Pine Bluff) made an impassioned speech against the proposal invoking the fear of gun violence her children and other African-Americans feel in her crime-plagued district.

She made another plea this year in a legislative committee, but the current bill passed both the House and Senate.