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In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida significantly improved its gun laws, but still has a long way to go. 

These improvements included raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, requiring a three-day waiting period on purchases from dealers, and creating an extreme risk protection order law. In 2019, Florida had the 26th-highest gun death rate in the country and the 34th-highest rate of crime gun exports. To save lives from gun violence, Florida legislators could require a background check on all firearm sales, expand domestic violence firearm prohibitions to include dating partners, and direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in underserved communities.

What Florida Does Well

  • Minimum age laws
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Waiting periods
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Extended background check period
  • State database background checks
  • Bump stock ban

What Florida Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.