Prevent Gun Violence in Florida


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.
  • Promoting responsible firearm legislation to protect the victims of domestic violence.

With help from more than 125 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 initiating better safeguards at the point of purchase.

About our Executive Champions

Mark Pafford, Co-chair

Mark Pafford, Co-chair

Pafford served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 88 (2008-2012) and District 86 (2012-2016) which included Haverhill, Loxahatchee Groves, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County. Pafford’s professional career in the non-profit sector includes work at the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter, The Lord’s Place, Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Florida ACLU, Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades and Florida Community Health Action Information Network (FL CHAIN).

As a member of the Florida House Pafford served as the Democratic Caucus’ Policy Chair (2012-2014) and as the Democratic Leader (2014-2016). As a legislator Pafford was a an outspoken advocate for the People of Florida on issues relating to the environment, health care, public education and the annual budget.

Andy Pelosi, Co-chair

Andy Pelosi, Co-chair

Executive Director, Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus

Andy Pelosi is co-founder and Executive Director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus.  He previously served as the first executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and its Educational Fund.  During his tenure at NYAGV, Andy developed winning legislative strategies, launched a high school youth program and led successful campaigns to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation at the local and state levels.

Why we’ll succeed

Our parent organization, The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVFL), 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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