By a vote of 32-7, the state Senate passed the so-called ‘warning shot’ bill. Sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, a Republican from Pensacola, the bill has garnered attention due to the Marissa Alexander case in Jacksonville.
The Florida House voted 93-24 to pass the “warning shot” bill, which would allow individuals to fire a warning shot instead of retreating from the threat of death or bodily harm.
The Florida House will take up a so-called ‘warning shot’ bill on Thursday which would allow people to fire a warning shot instead of retreating when threatened with death or bodily harm.
When the state’s Legislature convenes on Tuesday there will be several gun legislation bills up for consideration. Florida’s gun-friendly laws drew national attention after several prominent shootings.
There’s a push by some Florida legislators to make it clear that people can show a gun, or fire a warning shot, without getting a long prison sentence.
The Florida Public Defender Association is supporting a measure which would grant immunity to people who show or fire guns in self-defense known as the “warning shot” bill by Rep. Neil Combee, a Polk City Republican.
A case that shocked the nation after a woman was sentenced to 20 years for firing a shot during an argument with her estranged husband may inspire a change in the law.
A Tampa area woman will spend 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her husband who she felt was threatening her.