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Florida lawmakers move ahead with "Warning Shot" bill

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

A house panel voted in favor of the "Warning Shot Bill" today.
This means the full Florida House can consider the legislation when the annual session starts next month. If passed, the bill would make sure that people who show a gun would be immune from Florida's 10-20-Life Law which requires anyone who shows a gun while committing certain crimes be sentenced to 10-years in prison.

"If you actually shoot an attacker the law protects you. But if you merely threaten to shoot an attacker, some prosecutors try to put you in prison."

The legislation will do nothing for those people who are already serving prison time, only future cases.