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Gov. Scott to start task force to look at gun law

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ready to have a state task force begin looking at Florida's gun laws.

Scott on Thursday will announce the makeup of a group that has been created in the wake of the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who has maintained he acted in self-defense, was charged last week with second-degree murder.

The task force, which will be led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, is expected to hold public hearings and come up with recommendations on citizen safety.

Scott has refused to say whether Florida should repeal a seven-year-old law which eliminated a person's duty to retreat when threatened with seriously bodily harm or death. Scott said he thinks current laws have helped bring down crime.

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