Skip to comments.FLORIDA LAWMAKERS PASS WARNING SHOT LEGISLATION, NOW HEADS TO GOV. SCOTT
Posted on 04/05/2014 12:01:01 AM PDT by kingattax
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.
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A prison guard told me they explained the warning shot to inmates to deter escapes. The first shot is a kill shot as the guard yells “stop or I’ll shoot.” The second shot is fired into the air.
An average man can run 30ft/scd. Most people, who launch attacks do not run the length of a football field to do it. That warning shot may be the only time you get to fire that gun before the assailant knocks you dow.
This legislation is going to get somebody killed.
Never fire a warning shot!
Why the second shot??
For some of us, this is great, I hope it spreads.
My lawyer of 40 years who is now departed, told me a long time ago that the first shot is into the intruder. The second shot is into your ceiling or floor. When the police come, you can point to the warning shot you fired. He added, make sure the intruder is dead.
Florida has long had laws regarding penalties for firearms used in crimes. There are distinct prison terms for brandishing, firing a shot without doing harm, and wounding or killing with firearms.
The problem was that prosecutors were getting convictions for law abiding people who merely displayed a weapon, or fired a shot in the air, in order to prevent harm to themselves.
This legislation was designed to correct that injustice.
Joe Biden is happy. Firing into the air can kill someone and people should be prosecuted if that happens
Ah, I thought it was a reaction to the Trayvon Martin fiasco, requiring a person to fire a warning shot before a kill shot.
As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going to unlawfully harm somebody, the consideration that you might die by doing so is your warning shot.
I agree, this law is the result of an overzealus prosecutor. A woman is serving 20 years under mandatory sentencing guidlines for firing a warning shot as her ex was threatening her.
My understanding of that particular case was that she was able to vacate the room he was in, but went back into the room with a gun.
Warning shot my ass. You shoot center mass to stop the attack.
Yes but that case is what broke the camels back and got the politicians involved.
So, if this new bill is signed into law, is her re-trial cancelled?
This is standard LEO training. You don’t shoot to kill. You don’t shoot to wound. You shoot center mass to stop an attack. Period.
In the ongoing struggle between citizens and thugs, this kind of legislation simply puts one more legal tool in the citizen’s tool bag. I think it’s great and hope it passes and gets Marissa Alexander out of her life sentence.
Stop confusing people with the facts
20 years for each warning shot served consecutively if the prosecutor has her way. that’s life in prison - mandatory.