House approves 'warning shot' bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida House on Thursday afternoon approved HB 89 Threatened Use of Force. They voted 93-24.

There was much debate on why the words "warning shot" were not in the bill.

Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale said he didn't want people to think it's OK to shoot off a warning shot just because of the bill, but hopes it defends people's rights to do so.

As it stands right now, if a person shoots a warning shot from a gun, they can be put behind bars. But, that could all soon change and fit within Stand Your Ground protection.

Combee said the warning shots would be the first significant change since the death of teen Trayvon Martin.

The warning shot gained a lot of attention after the Marissa Alexander case. She's awaiting a July retrial on an aggravated assault charge, which she received after she alleged she fired a warning shot near her husband.

"It needs to be applied in the right way so the warning shots bill we think, many of us who support it, feel like is a really good compromise within the Stand Your Ground," said Rep Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville

The bill now moves on to the Senate for approval.


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