Warning shot bill has Scott waiting to see what happens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are forging ahead with adding a provision to the Stand Your Ground law that would allow a "warning shot" to be fired instead of having to retreat from the threat of death or bodily harm.

The legislation is partially inspired by a Jacksonville case involving Marissa Alexander. The 33-year-old mother was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing what she claims was a warning shot at her estranged husband.

An appeals court ordered a new trial which is scheduled for July. Prosecutors argue the shot fired by Alexander was not a warning shot but fired in the direction of her estranged husband and two children.

"I have not seen the bill yet," said Scott while touring a child care center in Jacksonville on Friday.

"I clearly believe in public safety," said Scott when asked how he sizes up the warning shot legislation that has cleared the Florida House and will now go to the Senate.

"I believe in the Second Amendment. That's nice almost a 43 year low in our crime rate, so we are very focused on that," said the governor.

A final vote on the warning shot legislation is set for next week.


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