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Warning shot bill passes senate floor

Warning shot bill passes senate floor
Posted April 4th, 2014 @ 5:50am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida senate has approved the so-called `warning shot' bill, which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott to be signed into law.

The bill passed 32-7 on Thursday.

Sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, a republican from Pensacola, the bill has garnered attention due to the Marissa Alexander case in Jacksonville. Alexander is out on bail and awaiting a new trial after originally being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun near her estranged husband during an altercation.

The new bill addresses the “10-20-life” sentencing law in self-defense cases. Passed in 1999, the “10-20-life” law requires lengthy sentences for specific felony firearm convictions. Supporters say it wasn't intended to be used in self-defense cases.

Opponents of the proposed changes worry they will encourage more people to fire shots.

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