Florida Lawmakers Pass Warning Shot Legislation, Now Heads to Gov. Scott

Florida Lawmakers Pass Warning Shot Legislation, Now Heads to Gov. Scott

On April 3rd, the Florida senate passed warning shot legislation by a vote of 32-7. The state house had already passed the measure, so it now goes to Gov. Rick Scott (R) for his signature.

If signed, this legislation will make it legal to fire a warning shot as a last step before shooting an attacker who has launched an assault.

According to Fox News, the bill “was partly inspired” by the case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who was charged for firing a warning shot “near her estranged husband during an altercation.”

As Breitbart News reported on March 20th, Alexander was convicted and served 21 months of a 20 year sentence. Thereafter she was freed but faces retrial on July 28th. 

The legislation is sponsored by representative Neil Combee (R-Auburndale), who wants the law in place before Alexander’s retrial begins.

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