- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing expanding citizen’s rights to use deadly force to defend themselves.

Republican Rep. Dwight Tosh of Jonesboro on Tuesday filed a “stand your ground” bill that would expand the legal justifications for someone to use deadly force in self-defense rather than retreating.

State law currently allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense without the duty to retreat within their home or the area immediately surrounding their home. The law otherwise says citizens may not use deadly force if they can avoid doing so “with complete safety.”

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