Mandatory Minimums

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Friday an extension of the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which would cover warning shots.  The bil, which was written with  Marissa Alexander in mind,  allows people to claim immunity from prosecution if the person has used or threatened deadly force.

Alexander, 33, was found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing what her defense claimed was a warning shot at the husband during a domestic dispute. An appellate court later overturned her conviction and ordered a retrial.

Alexander’s lawyers said they “are grateful for the governor’s actions,” according to ABC News. Unfortunately the law will not help Alexander during her new trial because it won’t be applied retroactively, and there’s evidence that suggests the shot she fired was not a warning.

But not all gun owners are pleased with the law. Some feel it will allow people to pull out their guns and start shooting whenever they feel threatened.

“Bullets have to go somewhere,” Jason Collazo told WTVT. “It’s going to endanger people whether they’re firing into the air, into the ground, at a tree, they don’t know if that surface is going to ricochet, so it’s just not well thought out.”


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