The bill not only would expand the Stand Your Ground law in Florida to include firing warning shots, but would allow those who have used SYG to expunge their records if they're later found innocent:
An open government watchdog is asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would change the state’s “stand your ground” law.
The measure (HB 89) decriminalizes “warning shots” as well as the act of simply brandishing a weapon in self-defense.
The First Amendment Foundation on Monday wrote to Scott, asking for his veto, specifically objecting to a section of the bill allowing for secrecy of court records.
The expungement provision “not only limits public oversight, but potentially could serve as a tool for obscuring law enforcement and prosecutorial misconduct,” foundation president Barbara A. Petersen wrote.
Scott spokesman John Tupps reports: “Gov. Scott supports the Second Amendment and Florida’s self-defense laws. He looks forward to reviewing this legislation in its entirety now that it has been approved by both the House and the Senate.”