Preventing gun violence is not a 2nd Amendment issue; it’s a public safety issue
Our local Gun Safety Working Group 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 will continued 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 goals are two-fold:
- to put two pieces of statewide legislation in place: comprehensive universal background checks and a ban on all semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices, and
- to block irresponsible gun legislation, including campus carry, open carry and expansion of Stand Your Ground.
Working with the Coalition, in late 2016 our working group researched the issues and, in early 2017, launched an education and advocacy campaign on gun safety. 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.
The Gun Safety Working Group aims to educate and increase awareness among citizens, monitor the introduction of gun-related bills, continue to build a coalition of gun safety advocates, and conduct advocacy work when new bills are introduced.
Our work is based on goals outlined by the LWV-US:
- Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.
- Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.
To join our efforts, contact group lead Sharon Winters.
Download our Gun Safety Advocacy slideshow by Patti Brigham and Julie Kessel.