Arkansans Who Hunt With Dogs Protest Trespassing Bill at Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas hunters who use dogs showed up in droves Tuesday at the State Capitol to oppose a bill regarding trespassing... 
 
The bill increases penalties for trespassing on private property. 
 
Supporter says it's in response to a rash on livestock, timber and scrap metal thefts. 
 
But opponents say it applies harsh penalties on hunters whose dogs accidentally cross into private property. 
 
"I think criminal intent is the key. I spent a lot of nights in the woods and a lot of times chasing dogs. It's obvious when somebody's recovering a hunting dog and once and when somebody's got a bad intent," Grant Ballard, an opponent of the bill, said.
 
The bill ended up passing after the sponsor added an amendment to give hunters increased protection in court. 
 
The proposal next faces a vote on the Senate Floor. 

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