Floridians who fire a warning shot or threaten to use a gun could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.
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The â€śwarning shotâ€ť bill (HB 89) was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander. The Jacksonville woman was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot near her estranged husband during an altercation. She contended she fired in self-defense, but a judge rejected her use of the â€śstand your groundâ€ť law that allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in jeopardy.
The Alexander case aside (I don’t know all the details) I would certainly think that if you can scare an attacker off with a warning shot, that would be preferable to killing them, so, this is a good change to the law.
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