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Goliath, meet David

We're taking on the NRA, the gun lobby, and the politicians they fund to make Floridians safer from gun violence

On June 12, 2016, the deadliest mass shooting in US history occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, leaving 49 people dead and another 53 injured. Within days, The League of Women Voters of Florida formed the nonpartisan Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

The organization has the following legislative goals:

  • A state ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices
  • Comprehensive universal background checks and ensuring that the State provides all relevant records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Defeating unsafe gun legislation including Open Carry and Campus Carry.

With help from more than 100 partner groups and concerned citizens like you, we’ll educate the public and campaign for reform until it’s a reality.
Mass shootings and day-to-day gun violence are too common. It is unacceptable not to act to reduce and prevent these tragedies.
Sensible action starts with eliminating unnecessary access to the most efficient killing machines, like the SIG Sauer MCX semiautomatic rifle used in the Pulse shooting, and instating better safeguards at the point of purchase.

About our Executive Champion

Patricia Brigham

First Vice-President, LOWV Florida

Patti grew up in Orlando and earned a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. After several years at WeCare, Inc., a suicide prevention and crisis intervention center, Patti forged a career in radio as a reporter, writer, and producer. She received a number of awards from media organizations, including American Women in Radio and Television and the Associated Press. Additionally, she wrote about arts and culture as a freelance reporter for the Orlando Weekly.

Patti formed and chairs the League’s statewide Gun Safety Committee. In her spare time, she volunteers for a marathon training program and cares for her retired racing greyhound, Callie, the fastest runner in the family.

Why we’ll succeed

Our parent organization, The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF), has a proven record of precipitating major legislative changes with grassroots initiatives.

We have more than 100 partners, representing diverse groups and industries, including LGBT, Hispanic, African American, and other minority communities; healthcare and education organizations; faith-based organizations; gun control advocates; legal groups; and others.

We have smart, passionate volunteers and community members working together toward tangible goals with an important purpose. We are leading the charge for changes the vast majority of Americans want. We are on the right side of history. We will not stop.

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