Column: Florida should not loosen gun laws

Column: Florida should not loosen gun laws

  • By Thomas Gabor and Patricia Brigham, special to the Tampa Bay Times (re-printed)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:46pm

As Florida experiences another mass shooting — this time at Fort Lauderdale’s airport — state legislators have introduced bills that would allow concealed weapon license-holders to carry handguns, both openly and concealed, into colleges and universities, public schools, local government meetings, airport terminals and legislative chambers. Supporters of these bills explain that these expansions of gun rights will be limited to individuals trained and licensed to carry firearms, and that the measures will enhance public safety.

We should not be reassured.

The evidence is growing that expanding the right to carry will compromise rather than enhance public safety. Stanford University …

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Health Care

The League’s Position.

Statement of Position on Public Policy on Reproductive Choices, as announced by LWV National Board, January 1983: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

LWVF Reproductive Health and Justice Committee.

Our Committee, chaired by Amy Weintraub of LWV St Pete Area, was formed in the fall of 2016 to advance the LWVUS’s Public Policy on Reproductive Choice in Florida. Currently, we are busy monitoring government entities and getting geared up for the 2017 Florida Legislative Session.

LWVF Kickoff 2017:

Powerful Leaders Demanding Action, January 27-28 in Orlando.

  • We are excited to participate in this state meeting of the League to be
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January Meeting 2017

All-Member Meeting


Plan to join other League members to learn about how the League reaches concensus on issues so that we can “swing into action” and participate in government decisions. We will also be discussing timely issues that are emerging on the political scene (redistricting, electoral college, imposing term limits on judges, etc.)

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Quaker Meeting House, 823 North A Street, Lake Worth, FL 33480
Speaker: Corinne Miller

You don’t want to miss this interesting presentation and dialogue. In fact, there will also be a fun game to play. No charge, no reservation necessary. Light refreshments will be available. See you there!

quaker-house-mapDriving directions: Take I-95 to 10th Avenue North exit. Drive east on 10th, turn right

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Fiesta de Pueblo


Join the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the New Year (Año Nuevo) and the Three Kings Day (Día De Reyes).

Date : Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 3 PM to 10 PM
Location: Greenacres Community Park 2905 Jog. Road Greenacres, Fl 33463
Admission: FREE
Fiesta De Reyes- Pre-register your children from 2 to 11 years old to receive a present from the Three Kings by e-mailing us at

The Chamber’s Fiesta De Pueblo & Business Expo a celebration of the New Year (Año Nuevo) and the Three Kings Day (Día De Reyes) is hosted in the City of Greenacres where more than 52% of the population are Hispanics. Fiesta de Pueblo features Christmas Décor, Local Businesses, Live Hispanic Music, Art & Crafts, International Food,

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WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
WHERE: Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantis, FL
TIME: 11:00 a.m. 
(pick up tickets, view raffle prizes, sip a special drink of the day.
Please bring cash to purchase raffle tickets.)

COST: $45
RESERVE: Either by paying online or by sending a check to:

Estelle Friedman, 3820 S 55 Ave,
Greenacres, FL 33463.
Cut off date is Jan. 13.

Luncheon served with fashion show by Chico’s and awarding of prizes and raffle winners.

Keeter Martinson at 561-844-3713. Tickets also available from Board Members

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Actions for Gun Safety



1. When children gain access to firearms the adult owner of the guns should face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and when children kill someone with the unsecured loaded gun, the adult owner of that gun should face charges of negligent homicide.
2. Congress should mandate and fund the Center for Disease Control to study the problem of gun deaths in the U.S.A. as a Public Health issue and seek paths for remedial action.
3. Physicians should be allowed to broach the topic of gun safety in families in their practices , especially when there are conditions in the family in which access to firearms would create considerable risk to the

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1. MAY ISSUE – authorities may issue a permit if a citizen meets certain criteria.
2. SHALL ISSUE – requires a license, after meeting specific criteria, to carry a concealed handgun but the granting authority has no discretion in the awarding or withholding of that license once basic criteria are met. There is also no need to demonstrate “good cause”. (Florida)
3. NO-ISSUE – no provision in a state’s law which allows a citizen to carry a concealed handgun and the state will not honor a license or permit from another state. (Illinois, Wisconsin and D.C.)
4. UNRESTRICTED- no license is required to carry a concealed handgun. (Alaska, Arizona, Vermont)
5. CASTLE DOCTRINE – common-law principle that one is not required to

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1. Florida is a “shall issue state-granting authority” has no discretion in whether or not to issue a license once limited criteria are met.
3. FL recognizes licenses from other states (which have mutual recognition agreement} provided the non-resident person is at least 21 years of age (unless that person is a veteran or a member of the armed forces).
4. Convicted felons have few rights to gun possession.
5. There is no state requirement to have a license prior to purchase of any gun.
6. It is a felony under FL law to create, maintain or publish any list, record or registry of legally owned firearms of law-abiding firearm owners.
7. No license or registration of guns is required for gun ownership.

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2016 Legislative Preview Report


Legislative Preview – Nov 28, 2016

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, and 11 co-sponsoring organizations with members spanning all demographics,  hosted several members of our legislative delegation.  The event took place at the Duncan Theater of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. 150+ members of the public attended and questioned their legislators about the upcoming session.   Questions from the audience were varied and detailed, touching on voting rights, health care, education, civil rights, immigration, juvenile justice and the next year’s constitutional revision.  Legislators gave impassioned responses. Each legislator described his/her goals and priorities for the upcoming session, as well. Representative Joseph Abruzzo pleaded for teacher respect and adequate pay while Representative Emily Slosberg bemoaned the treatment of juveniles in the adult criminal justice

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Why Courts Matter Video Series

Why Courts Matter Series

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