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17 from Richmond area indicted as NYC police bust Virginia gun ring; 217 weapons purchased in Virginia recovered

More than 200 guns seized in New York CIty were purchased in Virginia. 

More than 200 guns seized in New York CIty were purchased in Virginia. 

 

#NotAnAccident

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.

Click here to see Everytown for Gun Safety's Interactive Map

 

#BeSmart Campaign

Join the Campaign to reduce child gun deaths. 

Click here for more about the BeSmart Campaign

 

LWV-VA Firearm Safety Task Force

    LWV-Virginia established a Firearm Safety Task Force. a Firearm Safety Task Force in 2015.

    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. 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.


    New Law in Virginia aims to reduce Domestic Violence by Firearm

    A new law in Virginia went into into effect July 1st, 2016:

    New Virginia Law for Prohibits Domestic Abusers from Possessing Firearms


     

     

    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.

      We encourage you to use this toolkit in forums, in your communications and as a resource guide, and to share the link with your members and others in the community. Guide to the Toolkit:    The following text is a brief overview and description of the contents of each main section in this toolkit.  You can navigate to a main section by clicking on the hyperlinks in the left panel, or by clicking on one of the headings or subheadings on the right hand side bar of each page. “Gun-related incidents” include injuries and deaths arising from: •    The use of guns in criminal violence situations; •    The use of guns in domestic violence situations; •    Negligent handling, storage and use of guns, as well as access to guns by children; •    Use of guns in suicides and other violent situations by people with untreated mental health problems.

     

    We encourage you to use this toolkit in forums, in your communications and as a resource guide, and to share the link with your members and others in the community.

    Guide to the Toolkit: 
     

    The following text is a brief overview and description of the contents of each main section in this toolkit.  You can navigate to a main section by clicking on the hyperlinks in the left panel, or by clicking on one of the headings or subheadings on the right hand side bar of each page.

    “Gun-related incidents” include injuries and deaths arising from:
    •    The use of guns in criminal violence situations;
    •    The use of guns in domestic violence situations;
    •    Negligent handling, storage and use of guns, as well as access to guns by children;
    •    Use of guns in suicides and other violent situations by people with untreated mental health problems.