'Warning shot' bill moves ahead in Florida

Measure similar to state's 'stand your ground' law

Published On: Jan 08 2014 12:12:11 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 01:57:24 PM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Florida legislators are pushing ahead with a bill designed to make it clear people can show a gun, or fire a warning shot, without drawing a lengthy prison sentence.

The legislation was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, who was given a 20-year prison sentence after firing a gun near her estranged husband during an argument. Alexander's conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and she is scheduled to have a new trial this year.

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of the bill (SB 488) while a similar version has already moved (HB 89) through a House committee.

The bill would grant the same protections already in place under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to people who only threaten to use force.