Pros and cons of the new "warning shot" bill

Tampa, FL -- For Marissa Alexander, the benefit of the warning shot Bill is obvious. It could save her from a 20 year prison sentence.

Alexander fired a warning shot to ward off her allegedly abusive husband but because she didn't actually shoot him, she was the one convicted of discharging a weapon.

Her case is being appealed.

Marion Hammer, a former NRA President, says Alexander's case embodies the reason behind the bill.

"If the governor signs this bill, before her next hearing, the judge will have discretion and could and probably should dismiss that case," predicted Hammer.

"We'll have to see what happens," said Alexander's attorney Faith Gay.

Supporters say people should not have to risk prison time, or actually shoot someone, in order to defend themselves and that the bill accomplishes both.

But critics like Temar Davis from disagree. As a teenager, the Tampa man took a bullet in the neck during a drug deal and thinks laws should encourage people to defuse confrontations -- not make threats with guns.

"Just a bad idea pulling a gun, period. You know? Nothing good comes by pulling a gun," said Davis.

Some also see the bill as an extension of Florida's already-controversial stand your ground law.

And what about those so-called warning shots?

"Bullets go up – they gotta come down," said Davis's neighbor, Angie Fulton. "Innocents. Now what?"

The warning shot bill now heads to the Governor's desk. A spokesperson says Rick Scott is a supporter of the second amendment and will give it due scrutiny.

Insiders expect him to sign it.


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