17 from Richmond area indicted as NYC police bust Virginia gun ring; 217 weapons purchased in Virginia recovered
More than two million American children live in homes with guns that are not stored safely and securely. This interactive map tracks every publicly reported incident since 2015 where a person age 17 or under unintentionally kills or injures someone with a gun.
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LWV-VA Firearm Safety Task Force
The Firearm Safety Task Force 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 the presentation.
League Studies on Firearms in Virginia
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. Read more here.
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.
New Law in Virginia aims to reduce Domestic Violence by Firearm
A new law in Virginia went into into effect July 1st, 2016:
LWVFA discusses the "Under the Gun" forum
Note: Lois Page, our LWV-VA President is featured in the first half hour discussing voter fraud, Meals Tax, Constitutional Amendments and bond issues.
LWV of Washington State's Gun Safety Toolkit
The League of Women Voters of Washington has positions that “government should regulate ownership and possession of firearms and limit their accessibility” and supports “background and verification checks for gun purchasers." As gun safety issues continue as a hot topic in our communities, LWVWA presents this toolkit as a collection of sound, fact-based resources to spark discussion and advocacy about these critical issues.