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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 2021, Florida had the 35th highest gun death rate among the states. Florida exports roughly the same number of crime guns as it imports.

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

  • Concealed carry licensing
  • 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.