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Arkansas Republican Files "Stand Your Ground" Legislation

Opponents of the House Bill 1059 said it could have unintended consequences but the sponsor, Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, said he wants to give Arkansans an opportunity to better protect themselves.

While Pilkington isn't sure how much support the bill will receive from his fellow lawmakers, state Sen. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, who opposes guns on college campuses and typically opposes legislation that relaxes gun laws, told KATV this bill could have unintended consequences.

"I would ask representative Pilkington how many times he's been confronted in his front yard by an armed individual," Leding said. "That's what law enforcement is for. And I just really think that this type of legislation, if it were to become law, could end up with a lot of tragic stories."

LEAP Forward is grading action on HB 1059 and is scoring opposition.