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Bill to Protect Those Who Fire Warning Shots Moving Ahead in Florida

The bill would grant the same protections already in place under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to people who only threaten to use force.

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    Florida legislators are pushing ahead with a bill designed to make it clear people can show a gun, or fire a warning shot, without drawing a lengthy prison sentence.

    The legislation was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, who was given a 20 year prison sentence after firing a gun near her estranged husband during an argument. Alexander's conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and she is scheduled to have a new trial this year.

    A Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of the bill (SB 488) while a similar version has already moved (HB 89) through a House committee.

    The bill would grant the same protections already in place under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to people who only threaten to use force.