Florida Democratic lawmakers did not succeed in repealing the Republican-controlled legislature of the state’s contentious "stand your ground" law.
Democrats asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to poll legislators on whether they would support amending or repealing the law.
Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law allows people to use deadly force without retreating if they believe they are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.
The move required three-fifths of House and Senate members to vote yes.
The vote isn't officially over, but results released Thursday showed Democrats falling short in the Florida House.
Forty-nine House members have voted against the special session request, while 39 voted yes. The Senate currently is tied 14-14.