Tallahassee (CBSMiami) – Any hope of holding a special legislative session on the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law is officially dead.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders notifying them that a poll of lawmakers came up well short of the 96 legislators who would need to support a special session to consider changes to the law, which grants immunity to people who use deadly force if they have reason to believe their lives are in danger.

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In fact, 108 lawmakers voted against calling a session, while 47 voted for it. Another four legislators did not cast a vote.

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The vote for the session fell largely along party lines, with seven House Democrats joining Republicans to quash it: Reps. Mike Clelland of Lake Mary; Mark Danish of Tampa; Dwight Dudley of St. Petersburg; Katie Edwards of Plantation; Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda of Tallahassee; Linda Stewart of Orlando; and Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor.

The poll stemmed from a sit-in protest at the Capitol by a group called the Dream Defenders. The group protested against the “stand your ground” law after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, though Zimmerman’s attorneys did not use the law as a trial defense.
The protesters left the Capitol last week. Meanwhile, Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, filed legislation Monday to repeal the law, but that bill remains unlikely to pass during the 2014 regular session.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report