Arkansas Passes Stand Your Ground Protections, Further Demonstrating the Second Amendment’s Continued Relevance at the State Level

While it’s safe to say that there will be no meaningful pro-gun reforms being passed in Congress anytime soon, the states offer many opportunities for Second Amendment activists to change policy. 

On March 3, 2021, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a Stand Your Ground law that bolstered lawful citizens’ freedom to use their firearms in self-defense when faced with potentially life-threatening situations.

According to a WMC5 report, the State Senator Bob Ballinger and State Representative Aaron Pilkington sponsored this bill

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reported that the new law “removes the duty to retreat before deadly force can be used” during situations where lawful individuals are under attack and are in fear for their lives.

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The National Rifle Association supported this bill. After Hutchinson signed the bill into law, NRA-ILA executive director Jason Ouimet offered his take on the measure:

This law ensures the rights of law-abiding Arkansans are protected. Victims have little time to react when confronted with a criminal attack, they should not be required to try and run away before defending themselves. This is a common sense piece of self-defense legislation.

According to the Rand Corporation, 34 other states have Stand Your Ground laws on the books. Like Constitutional Carry, Stand Your Ground is an ascendant part of the Second Amendment movement. Liberty conservatives should pick up on these trends and accelerate them as much as possible. The Second Amendment is a very effective rallying cry for all of the factions on the Right.

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