Warning Shots -- a hidden danger to those using self defense
Things to consider before firing a warning shotA warning shot is the use of "deadly force" in Florida, and "deadly force" can only be legally used to stop or prevent the imminent commission of a "forcible felony" (ie: only the most serious felonies), or to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to yourself or another person. If you decide to fire a warning shot to try to stop an attack -- your legal position is the same as if you actually shot the intruder.
Legal repercussions of firing a warning shotWhile a person may lawfully use "non-deadly force" in almost all situations in defending themself -- using "deadly force" when that is not permitted is usually a felony. Thus, under Florida's very tough mandatory minimum sentencing provisions -- the unlawful use of deadly force will normally carry a 20 year mandatory minimum prison sentence! A very good reason not to use warning shots except in the most dire of circumstances.