Civil Liberties

Fla. Governor Says He Won't Seek Rollback of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Rebuffs call for special session


Florida's governor said he will not seek to roll back his state's controversial gun laws, following the acquittal of a volunteer watchman in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.

Governor Rick Scott, who met Thursday with protesters occupying the state Capitol building, said in a statement that he opposes efforts to repeal Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and other measures allowing residents to use lethal force to defend themselves.

Scott rebuffed the request of demonstrators asking that he work to overturn the laws in Florida's legislature.