Public Defenders Back Warning Shots Bill
GAINESVILLE - A warning shots bill is gaining traction, backed by the NRA and now the Florida Public Defender Association.
The bill would make it legal to fire a warning shot or show someone you have a gun if you feel threatened.
Defense attorneys and public defenders specifically believe it would help clients who are sometimes wrongfully charged who acted in lawful self defense.
But State Attorney Bill Cervone says the decision would prevent some cases from ever seeing a jury.
State Attorney Bill Cervone, 8th Judicial Circuit: "it's my opinion that juries are the place we test anyones particular stake or claim in a case."
This is the second version of the warning shots bill, the first one was not backed by the Florida Public Defenders Association because the wording was too confusing.
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