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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. 

Florida’s package of reforms in 2018 included creating an extreme risk protection law, raising the minimum age to purchase firearms from dealers to 21, requiring a three-day waiting period on purchases from dealers, and closing the Charleston Loophole. In 2020, Florida had the 29th-highest gun death rate in the country and the 17th-lowest rate of crime gun exports. To save lives from gun violence, Florida legislators should require a background check on all firearm sales, expand domestic violence protections, and invest in community violence intervention strategies.

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



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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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.