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
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