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MISSION:

The group’s mission is to reduce and prevent gun crimes, injuries, and deaths via:

  1. A state ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices
  2. Comprehensive universal background checks and ensuring that the State provides all relevant records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  3. Continuing our efforts to defeat unsafe gun legislation including Open Carry, Campus Carry and Stand Your Ground expansion

HAPPENING NOW:

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday outlined his proposed bill to close the “mile-wide” background check loophole at gun shows during a news conference hosted by the Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence.

Sen. Farmer Outlines Proposed Bill To Close Background Check Loophole

Powerful GOP lawmaker opposes Steube’s gun bills. State Sen. Anitere Flores says she opposes guns in airport terminals and on college campuses.

While we still have a lot of work to do, this is good news.  Read the full Sarasota Herald Tribune article here.

NEWTOWN FILM SHOWING:

Newtown Film Showing and Gun Safety Panel Discussion: If you were unable to attend Friday night’s showing of “Newtown” and the terrific panel discussion that followed, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO.

Newtown Film Showing And Gun Safety Panel Discussion: If You Were Unable To Attend  Showing Of “Newtown” And The Terrific Panel Discussion That Followed, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO.

CAPITOL REPORT:

Click here for the March 17th report.

IN THE NEWS:

Sen. Farmer Outlines Proposed Bill To Close Background Check Loophole

Coalition Joins with Dems in Tallahassee To Counter GOP Gun Bills, Promote Gun Safety Bills

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, lawmakers and Pulse survivors join to support ban on assault weapon sales

2017 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES:

  • Support proposals that would expand background checks in Florida, thereby closing the gun show and Internet loopholes.
  • Support proposals that would impose a statewide ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
  • Oppose any proposals that would make it legal for those with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on Florida’s public college and university campuses.
  • Oppose any proposals that would make it legal for those with concealed weapons permits to carry openly firearms in public places.
  • Oppose any proposals that would permit Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
  • Oppose any proposals that would expand the current “Stand Your Ground” law.
  • Oppose any proposals that would permit Florida School Boards or School Superintendents to designate employees or others to carry concealed firearms, for security purposes, on school grounds at K-12 schools.

GET INVOLVED:

Visit the Coalition Website for detailed information on this issue and to sign up for email alerts:  Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

Like the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence on Facebook

Join your local LWV’s Gun Safety Committee. 

RELEVANT LINKS:

 Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

The Campaign to Keep Guns of Campus

HISTORY:

One week after one young woman was killed at the Plaza Live theater and 49 people killed at Pulse Night Club, letters calling for the special session were hand-delivered to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

None responded to the letter, despite Orlando being home to the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

“The July 4th deadline may have passed, but we will continue to push for responsible gun legislation and hold our lawmakers accountable for the public safety of Floridians,” said Patricia Brigham, Chair of the state league’s Gun Safety Committee. “The newly formed Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is 70 organizations strong and growing. We are in this fight to go the distance, no matter how long it takes.”

The coalition includes a diverse array of organizations including Equality Florida, Hispanic Federation, Interfaith Council of Central Florida, Florida Council of Churches, Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, Florida PTA and Doctors for America. They cite that safe gun legislation must occur on the state level and that our legislators can’t wait for the federal government to take action. As noted in their letter, seven states have already banned assault weapons and eight prohibit large capacity ammunition-feeding devices.

“In the wake of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history, Floridians are asking for more than prayers and vigils from our elected representatives,” said Pamela Goodman, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “Other states have helped to protect their citizens by enacting reasonable gun legislation. Don’t pass the buck to federal government. This is a Florida right and a Florida responsibility.”

Letter to Legislature on Gun Violence Legislation, 2016

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence consists of over 100 organizations. View all of the coalition partners here.

 

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