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Kate Fletcher, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action, gave strong testimony against the proposed stand your ground bill. Brian Chilson

A bill that would allow people to kill people they deem a threat, without having to escape the situation if they can safely do so, failed in a state House committee today, after detractors attacked it from both sides.

The so-called Stand Your Ground bill by state Sen. Bob Ballinger (R-Ozark) and Rep. Aaron Pilkington (R-Knoxville) is called the “kill at will bill” by gun safety advocates. Gun Owners of Arkansas, a gun rights group, opposed the bill because they said it would create unacceptable limits on where and when they can shoot dangerous people.

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The bill easily passed the state senate last week but died in the House Judiciary Committee today after three hours of citizens’ testimony against it.