Gun Safety Action Guide: LWVSPA’s Gun Safety Action Team has developed an education campaign to provide you with the facts you need to know. 

Gun Safety Action Guide: LWVSPA’s Gun Safety Action Team has developed an education campaign to provide you with the facts you need to know. 

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 tand 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.

Click here for the Complete Gun Safety Action Guide and a compelling video on Gun Violence statistics. 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.

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