The group’s mission is to reduce and prevent gun crimes, injuries, and deaths via:
- 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)
- Continuing our efforts to defeat unsafe gun legislation including Open Carry, Campus Carry and Stand Your Ground expansion
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence Blasts Irresponsible Concealed Carry “Everywhere” Bills
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence strongly opposes newly filed proposals that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry handguns into bars, police stations, jails, courthouses, polling places, colleges, and professional sporting events.
The bills, filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley R- Lady Lake and Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, R-The Villages, would also allow the state’s 1.7 million permit holders to carry their weapons at Florida’s seaports. The proposals follow Sen. Greg Steube‘s flurry of firearm legislation that includes the open carry of guns in public.
“Sen. Baxley has taken the notion of guns everywhere and thrown in the kitchen sink.” said Patti Brigham, coalition co-chair and 1st vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “The idea of allowing permit holders to take their guns into bars is absurd – and incredibly dangerous. And just why would we want permit holders to take guns into polling places? These gun-happy legislators have gone too far. They are endangering the public, not protecting it.”
“Allowing guns on campus is not just incredibly short-sighted, it’s potentially lethal for college students, professors, and visitors,” said Andy Pelosi, executive director of The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus and co-chair of The Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence. “There’s a very good reason that college and university administrators and security officials are adamantly opposed to the idea. Continuing to expand concealed carry places all of our residents at risk. If these bills pass, it’s not a matter of if an innocent person is killed or injured, but when.”
CAPITOL REPORT FEB. 17:
- This year’s legislature is riddled with gun bills. Last night, the following bills were referred to committees but have not been scheduled as of today. The League stands in opposition to all of these bills:
- SB 618 – Concealed Weapons in Airports
- SB 620 – Concealed Weapons in Government buildings and meetings
- SB 622 – Campus Carry
- SB 644 and SB 646 – Open Carry
IN THE NEWS:
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.
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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.”
The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence consists of over 100 organizations, including:
League of Women Voters of Florida
Alachua County School Board
American Association of University Women, Manatee County Branch
American Association of University Women, North Pinellas Chapter
Amnesty International, Chapter 519 Orlando
Association of Florida Colleges
Bethel Community Baptist Church
Big Mountain Data
Business and Professional Women, Orlando
Business and Professional Women, Pinellas/St. Petersburg
Called Out Believers In Christ (COBIC) Fellowship
Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus
Campaign to Unload
City of Cooper City, Mayor Greg Ross
City of Naples, Vice-Mayor Linda Penniman
City of Pembroke Pines, Mayor Frank C. Ortis
City of South Miami, Mayor Philip Stoddard
City of St. Petersburg, Mayor Rick Kriseman
City of West Palm Beach, Mayor Jeri Muoio
Concerned African Women, Inc.
Congregation Beth Am, Longwood FL
Congregation l’Dor Va-Dor
Congregation Ohev Shalom, Maitland FL
Coral Gables United Church of Christ
Council on American Islamic Relations, Orlando Region
Doctors for America
Faith in Florida
First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lake Helen, FL
First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Unitarian Universalist
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates
Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy
Florida Council of Churches
Florida Immigrant Coalition
Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc.
Florida Health Alliance
Florida Parent/Teacher Association
Friends Talking Faith, WMFE 90.7 Public Radio, Orlando
Gainesville Friends Meeting
Gay Key West / Key West Business Guild
Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church of Tallahassee
Global Peace Film Festival
God’s Acre MCC
Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.
Hadassah, Florida Atlantic Region
Hadassah, Florida Central Region
The Homeless Coalition Palm Beach County
The Humanity Project
Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Interfaith Curbing Gun Violence Group
Islamic Society of Central Florida
Joy Metropolitan Community Church
Knowledge for Living, Inc.
Lakewood United Church of Christ
The Leif Nissen Foundation
Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Miami Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Mi Familia Vota
National Action Network, Central Florida Chapter
National Congress of Black Women
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Employment Lawyers Association, Florida Chapter
National March For Gun Control
National Organization of Women, Brevard County
National Organization of Women, Florida Keys
National Organization of Women, Palm Beach County
National Physicians Alliance
Network for Cultural Change
Newtown Action Alliance
No More Tears
One Island Family, the Southernmost Universalist Unitarian Congregation
Orange County Public Schools District 6
Palm Beach Friends (Quaker) Meeting
Peace & Justice Institute, Valencia College, Orlando
Peace and Justice Network of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sarasota
Pensacola Coffee Party
Pinellas County Urban League
Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals
Police Chief Clarence Williams III, City of Riveria Beach
The Power Broker Media Group
The Pride Center
Prism Youth Manatee Pride
Puerto Rican Leadership Council
Quakers of Orlando
Sarasota County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Sikh Society of Central Florida
Sister Ann Kendric, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sister Teresa McElwee, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Space Coast Progressive Alliance
St. Francis ECC of Largo
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove
States United Against Gun Violence
Temple Shaarei Shalom, Boynton Beach
Union Congregational United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, FL
Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida
Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County