Warning shots are generally a bad policy; that is what I have always taught in concealed carry courses, and I believe it to be true. It is also true that all policies have exceptions. In this case, from the sun-sentinel.com:
A bystander who witnessed one man stabbing another in Lake Worth fired a warning shot and then held the two at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to an arrest report.
Had the man not intervened, other witnesses said, the stabbing victim likely would've been killed, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report said.
The Florida bill is similar to, but goes beyond the provisions of the Arizona "Defensive Display" law. That law was created because criminals were using the criminal justice system to harass people who were defending themselves without firing a shot.
It was reported that this shot was fired into the air. While it is true that bullets fired into the air must come down, it is also true that most of them never do any noticeable damage. In this case, if the shooter angled his shot a bit to the East, it is almost certain that the bullet would come down in the Atlantic, having hit nothing but saltwater.
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