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Florida lawmakers take Stand Your Ground poll

Posted at 2:59 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 23:02:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Twenty percent of the members of the Florida Legislature have now voted whether to hold a special legislative session on the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.

After three days of polling by the Department of State, 49 House members have voted against the proposed special session, while 30 have voted in favor.

The vote in the Senate stands at 14 in favor and 14 opposed.

To force a special session, the proposal would require three-fifths support in each of the GOP-dominated legislative chambers.

Democratic State Rep. Sean Shaw says the poll results are disappointing but not unexpected.

Legislators have until noon Friday to respond to the polling.

The request to revisit the self-defense law came in response to the shooting death last month of Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a Clearwater convenience store.

No charges have been filed against the shooter.

Just Wednesday, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians gathered for a press conference in Tallahassee and marched to Gov. Rick Scott's office to demand a repeal of the law.