Fla. Gov. Rick Scott tells Trayvon Martin supporters: Keeping self-defense gun law

by Cheryl K. Chumley-The Washington Times  |  published on July 19, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott had a blunt message to protesters who set up camp at the Capitol building and refused to budge unless the governor called a special session on “stand-your-ground” laws: No.

The protest group, dubbed “Dream Defenders,” support Trayvon Martin’s family and decry George Zimmerman’s acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of the 17-year-old.

Protestors began their occupation of the Capitol on Tuesday. They called on the governor to order lawmakers into a special session and repeal the state’s stand-your-ground law. Late Thursday, Gov. Scott finally met with members, CBS reported.

But at the end of the meeting, which lasted about an hour, he didn’t meet their demands, CBS reported. He said he supported stand-your-ground and refused to call a special session. He also advised them to contact their district representatives to discuss their views of stand-your-ground, and said he was open to their ideas about fighting racial profiling.

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