“Stand Your Ground” Law Covers Warning Shots

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has extended the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law to include those who fire warning shots to protect themselves.

The update, signed into law on Friday, is an attempt to help citizens like Marissa Alexander, a Floridian sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot during a dispute with her allegedly abusive husband. An appellate court later overturned her conviction and ordered a retrial.

Although Alexander’s attorneys are “grateful for the governor’s actions,” the modification may not be very helpful for her. The new rule will not take effect until later, and there is evidence that suggests Alexander’s shots were not a warning, according to Huffington Post.

No word yet on when the rule will go into effect.

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