Understand the Issues
While acknowledging the Second Amendment rights of all citizens, gun violence remains a persistent and disturbing public safety issue. Its impact is most keenly felt by minority communities but has touched a broad cross section of our country. Guns kill over 30,000 people in the U.S. each year; in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, over 33,500 people were killed by a gun.
In 2017, the Florida Legislature considered laws to permit open carry, campus carry, expansion of the Stand Your Ground law, and elimination of gun-free zones, as well as expanded background checks and a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. The Stand Your Ground law was expanded but all other bills failed. At the federal level, the new administration supports federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity, a “national reciprocity act,” taking from the states their right to design concealed carry laws.
LWVSPA’s Gun Safety Action Team has developed an education campaign to provide you with the facts you need to know. Our work is based on timely, authoritative research and reflects the non-partisan position of the Florida and U.S. League of Women Voters, as well as the FL Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
We have a long term commitment to gun safety… we continue to study and will publish more information on gun safety issues as we prepare for the opening of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session. Here are our fact sheets on issues that inform our work with the Legislature:
Get involved with our Gun Safety Action Team.
Contact Sharon Winters to get on the email distribution list. Monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the League office, 233 3rd St. N, St. Petersburg.
Attend local events.
View our Nov. 13 2017 community conversation with St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway on how we can, as a community, effectively prevent gun violence and improve public safety.
Attend our upcoming event, “Preventing Gun Violence: A Community Conversation,” on Feb. 13 at 7-8:30 p.m. at Allendale United Methodist Church. Panelists include City Council Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes, Amanda Thalji-Raitano, PhD, licensed psychologist, Dr. David Berman, and facilitator, Ryan Mitchell. Join us as we discuss how we can take individual and collective action.
Contact your state legislators and U.S. congressional representatives.
Review tips on how to talk effectively with your legislator.
Find contact info for your federal and state representatives:
- visit http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx
- OR text 507-609-3322 and send your zip code as the message
For details of final action on all gun-related bills introduced during the 2017 FL Legislative Session, click here.
For bills introduced fall 2017 and during the 2018 FL Legislative Session (PDF), click here.
“The State of Gun Violence in the U.S.,” 7-minute video by Joss Fong, Vox, 21 Feb 2016.