Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law is being expanded to include firing warning shots or displaying a weapon in self-defense. That’s thanks to a bill introduced in the legislature by GOP State Sen. Greg Evers, that was giving final passage on Thursday.
The bill would grant gun owners legal protection to fire warning shots or display their weapons. It is set to go to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.
Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, said the bill “is about self defense.” People who meet threat with threat would be granted immunity under the measure, that says threatening use of force would be allowable if they felt their life, home or property were at risk of harm.
Evers said the bill would safeguard against mandatory minimum sentences and the courts would have to apply four findings when making a decision.
The House passed the bill on March 20. It was sponsored by representatives Neil Combee, R-Polk City, and Katie Edwards, D-Plantation. Source: Orlando Sentinel
Here’s a breakdown of how they voted in the Senate for the expanded Stand Your Ground law: