Florida Senate Passes Warning Shot BillSubmitted by Reggie Wanker on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:57
The Florida Senate gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would allow gun owners to fire warning shots to ward off attackers in dangerous situations.
Opponents of the law, who have been pressing for stricter gun control in Florida, called the measure irresponsible and warned it could make gun-owners become trigger-happy.
A half-hour debate touched on high-profile cases including one in which Marissa Alexander, a mother, was sentenced to jail time for firing a "warning shot" that went into a kitchen wall during an argument with her abusive husband. She is currently free on bond and awaiting a new trial on charges of aggravated assault.
Instead, state lawmakers have introduced a spate of bills to broaden the legal use of weapons in Florida.