Current Proposals on Weapons
Controversial proposals are traveling through the Florida Legislature and Senate that would make it easier for the 1.4 million Floridians with concealed-weapons permits — including more than 300,000 in South Florida — to carry guns openly in public and on college campuses and universities. The bills, supported by gun-rights advocates, relax Florida’s restrictions on where and how gun owners can carry their firearms.
LWV Positions on Guns
The League’s position is that guns don’t belong on college and university campuses. Campuses are generally safe places, and in an environment that encourages open discourse, guns will have a detrimental effect on the freedom of students to debate or confront professor over a grade. These proposals are likely to help attackers as much as or more than victims and will create a more dangerous environment, while also potentially costing colleges tens of millions of dollars in increased security expenses.
The gun lobby argues that allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons will make college and university campuses safer. But the facts support that young adults between the ages of 18-25 experience the highest rates of mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged students. In addition, the gun lobby argues that women need firearms to protect themselves on campus. But the facts support that most campus sexual assaults occur among people who know each other, who may trust one another. Between 80-90% of such assaults involved acquaintances, not strangers. That limits the possibility a victim would be carrying a gun during an attack. And arming the victim doesn’t rule out that the assailant may also be armed.
Protect our students, faculty, college administrators, and visitors to campus. Call your State representative. Tell them to “Stop Campus Carry.”
303,652 of Florida’s 1.4 million concealed weapons permits — or about 21 percent — are held by individuals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.