The Florida Senate passed a bill that grants immunity to people with clean criminal records who fire a warning shot or threaten to use deadly force in self-defense. It also seals court records of those charged with firing a weapon but later have those charges dropped, reports the Miami Herald. Already passed by the House, the measure goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who “supports the 2nd Amendment and Florida's self-defense laws (and) looks forward to reviewing this legislation,'' said a spokesman. The “warning shot” bill is backed heavily by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups like Florida Carry, who see it as a way to better protect members facing prosecution or who had been convicted for aggravated assault for firing guns in cases that didn't involve injuries.
“This is about self-defense,” said the Senate's sponsor, Greg Evers. The bill passed by a 33-7 vote. “A Pandora's box is being opened again,” said an opponent, Sen. Arthenia Joyner, alluding to the 2005 passage of the controversial “stand your ground” law. “I have great apprehension about what's inside.”