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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  • I think the only thing that is going to help Marissa is to have that Prosecutor removed from her position. Besides, the law was backwards to begin with and only served the purpose to be open season on Black People.

    • Jacqueline

      Agreed.

  • Anthony

    I want to see Marissa Alexander freed, but legalizing warning shots is sheer stupidity. It also goes against the very basics of gun safety. As Collazo rightly stated, those bullets will come down somewhere, and innocent people will be legally killed.
    This is insane and goes against the gun safety the NRA taughts for years before they were totally sucked up by Obama hate.

  • Valerie

    Ok off topic: Each time I go to share a story from here the image in the article is never the same as the icon pic shared. Most times it’s something completely unrelated. Anyone else having this issue?

  • Bearlikesbones

    I feel so bad for Marissa Alexander. Florida is just a horrible place.