Florida House to vote on warning shot bill

Published On: Mar 20 2014 07:04:38 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida House is expected to vote on the `warning shot' bill that would allow people to fire a warning shot instead of retreating when threatened with death or bodily harm.

The accompanying Senate bill will also be on the floor Thursday.

The bill (HB 89) addresses "10-20-life" in self-defense cases. The 10-20-life law requires lengthy sentences for specific felony firearm convictions.

The legislation was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander. The Jacksonville woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot at her estranged husband. An appeals court has ordered her to have a new trial.

Legislators on Wednesday made a change that would allow a person who successfully uses a "stand your ground" defense to petition to have records related to the arrest expunged.

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