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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


 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.”


  • 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


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


  • 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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 Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

The Campaign to Keep Guns of Campus


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, including:

League of Women Voters of Florida

Agenda 2020

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

Equality Florida

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 CHAIN

Florida Council of Churches

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc.

Florida Health Alliance

Florida NOW

Florida Parent/Teacher Association

Florida Strong

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

Hispanic Federation

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

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

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

Organize Now

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

Progress Florida

Puerto Rican Leadership Council

Quakers of Orlando

Sarasota County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Ser Colombia

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

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