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Firearm Safety

Gun Safety Task Force Report

Ruth Hoffman (LWVFA) presented a Power Point presentation on firearms safety at the recent LWV-VA workshop in Charlottesville. The report covers three main points: 1.) Where does the Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) movement Stand? 2.) Where do we, as the LWV-VA, fit in? 3.) How can we/you take action and make a difference?

This presentation can be used by local Leagues for League and/or community events. Click Here to view Ruth's presentation.

THE LWV-VA ESTABLISHES A STATEWIDE "FIREARMS SAFETY TASK FORCE" TO PREVENT EASY ACCESS TO FIREARMS BY DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND STALKERS

This past May, representatives assembled at the 2015 League of Women Voters of Virginia Convention and unanimously passed a resolution to take action to prevent domestic abusers and stalkers from purchasing, accessing, or possessing firearms. LWV-VA will now advocate and lobby for stronger laws. Implementation of the resolution starts now with the establishment and mobilization of a statewide task force, referred to as the "Firearms Safety Task Force". Click Here to read the article.

Firearms - PART I: THE METHOD MOST OFTEN SELECTED FOR HOMICIDES AND SUICIDES IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Firearm Safety as a Public-Health Concern

Kristin A. Goss, Ph.D., Co-President of the Arlington (VA) League of Women Voters and Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science at Duke University, published Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America in 2008. She provided a brief history, summarized here, of the development of public health professionals' involvement with gun safety. To read more, Read More.

Firearms - Part II: Progress in Fairfax County

Behind each number in this study there is a human life irretrievably lost. The person lived in or was visiting Fairfax County. He or she may have been family, a friend or a member of a local civic group or church. In presenting these cold facts and figures we are mindful of the pain and grief behind them. We hope that our work will stimulate further inquiry into how and why firearms are so often the first resort in suicide and homicide in this county. In this preference for firearms, the Fairfax County epitomizes the nation as a whole. Read more.

Firearms - Part III: IMPROVING FIREARM SAFETY IN VIRGINIA

In 2011, for the third year in a row, more Virginians died due to firearms than traffic accidents. While no law can prevent every firearm death, there are key areas in which Virginia's laws could be improved to help significantly lower the risk of death by firearm. Read more.