Fla. Governor Tells Protesters He Won’t Push For Changes In Self-Defense Law

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told a group of protesters that he will not call for changes in the state’s self-defense laws following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

The Republican governor returned to Tallahassee late Thursday and for nearly an hour met with seven members of the protest group that has been camped in part of his office for three days.

“The protesters again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law,” Scott said in a statement following the meeting.  “I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.”

On Saturday, a Seminole County jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense after Martin attacked him in February 2012.

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