Warning shot bill keeps moving ahead in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators keep moving ahead with a bill designed to make it clear people can show a gun, or even fire a warning shot, without drawing a lengthy prison sentence.

A House panel on Thursday voted in favor of the measure (HB 89), partially inspired by Marissa Alexander. The Jacksonville woman was given a 20-year prison sentence after firing a gun near her estranged husband. Alexander's conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and she is scheduled to have a new trial.

This means the full Florida House can consider the legislation when the annual session starts next month.

Two legislators voted against the bill.

Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, said he was concerned the bill was vague and could allow people to fire into homes or moving cars.


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