If you fired a warning shot expect to be charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a fire arm and even attempted murder. If you are in fear of your life and you draw your weapon to protect yourself consider that the warning. Shoot to stop the threat.
I was taught in my training class for my CCW not to ever fire a warning shot. This came from a retired cop who taught my class. Here in Indiana which is a gun friendly state for the most part.
I fired a warning shot once…
It was a bear…
I was lucky!!!
I wouldn’t dare shoot a bear, it’d just make him mad!
All that aside, No warning shots, ever.
If your life is in Immediate danger and you can not escape or avoid the situation and you tried to de-escalate the situation then pull your weapon and stop the threat!
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Not in Florida. It is considered brandishing and/or disorderly conduct here. No matter the circumstances. If you deliberately display it, you still have to be able to articulate why you were convinced your life or limbs were in mortal danger, even if you don’t fire. An attacker can walk away and then call 911 on you, so as soon as the threat has passed you have to call 911 yourself.
It’s that pesky Reasonable and Articulable
Plane and simple. Firing a warning shot only show that you did not feel that your live or others were in danger.
If you are in danger then you would be a fool if you wasted a defense shot.