Preventing gun violence is not a 2nd Amendment issue; it’s a nonpartisan public safety issue.
Our local Gun Safety Action Team grew out of advocacy opposing campus and open carry legislation in the 2015-2016 FL legislative sessions. To date, that legislation has been defeated but new gun-related bills continue to be introduced in each legislative session.
After the June 2016 Orlando Pulse shootings, the League of Women Voters – Florida, with over 120 statewide partners, formed the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce and prevent gun crimes, injuries, and deaths via:
- comprehensive universal background checks & ensuring that FL provides all relevant records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
- a state ban on all semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices
- defeat of unsafe gun legislation, including campus carry and open carry
- promotion of responsible firearm legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and ensure safe firearm storage
In early 2017, our local team launched a gun safety education and advocacy campaign. See our Gun Safety Action Guide to learn more about the impact of gun violence and how to take action to promote effective gun legislation. Click here to read our e-newsletter and here to learn about recent & upcoming events.
The Gun Safety Action Team aims to educate and increase awareness among citizens, build a coalition of individual and organizational gun safety advocates, take action at the local level and conduct legislative advocacy.
To join our efforts, contact GunSafety@lwvspa.org