Making Democracy Work

Firearm Safety

League Studies on Firearms in Virginia

LWV-VA Firearm Safety Task Force

LWV-Virginia established 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.

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

Under the Gun Screening and Expert Panel: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Screening of "Under the Gun"

UNDER THE GUN is a compelling, thought provoking documentary narrated by Katie Couric. America has failed to respond with meaningful action on gun violence prevention. What is keeping the two sides of this debate from finding common ground? This Forum will shed light on the answers to this critical question.

For more about the film, click here.

We held the screening on Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 7 p.m.

Location Large theatre inside McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

To download the flyer, click here.

"Under the Gun" Forum's Expert Panel

Panelists were:

Matt Bennett

Matt is one of the original founders of "Third Way" (a DC based centrist think tank). Matt has spent 16+ years in the gun violence prevention space following the Columbine mass shooting. He served as an advisor to the Sandy Hook families after Newtown. Mr Bennett is widely recognized for his expertise on the politics and challenges within the gun debate.

Peter Read

Peter is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with a two-decade military career stationed both in the United States and overseas. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, with degrees in International Affairs and National Security Affairs.

Peter Read's eldest daughter, Mary Karen Read, age 19, was killed on April 16, 2007, one of 32 students and faculty killed at Virginia Tech (VT). Since that time, Peter and his wife Cathy have worked on behalf of many causes in memory of Mary and her fellow Hokies.

The panel will take written questions from the audience. Questions may also be submitted in advance by writing to

LWVFA Executive Director discusses the "Under the Gun" forum

LWVFA Executive Director, Beth Tudan, appeared on Fairfax Public Access' "Inside Scoop" discussing "Under the Gun." The segment begins at 29:55.

(Note: Lois Page, our LWV-VA President is featured in the first half hour discussing voter fraud, Meals Tax, Constitutional Amendments and bond issues).

National PTA Positions on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

National PTA Position Statement + Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

Given National PTA's history of advocacy for the safety of children and youth, National PTA supports federal efforts to protect children and youth from gun violence. National PTA also advocates restricting access to guns from persons who may endanger public safety.

School safety is a critical priority for all parents, educators, students and community members that cannot be taken for granted. We must make every attempt to reduce violence, especially incidents that involve firearms. National PTA recognizes the importance of parent involvement in the decision-making process in the development and implementation of school safety policies, including crisis response plans.

National PTA recognizes the importance of a safe learning environment in attaining the highest level of student learning and achievement. National PTA believes the most effective day-to-day school climate to be gun-free, but defers to local collaborative decision-making to allow for the presence of law enforcement deployed in community-oriented policing.

Examples of ways to improve youth safety and to restrict guns to only responsible owners include advocating for the following:

  • gun safety locks and other safety devices to prevent young children from accidentally discharging a gun
  • alternative educational settings for youth who have brought a firearm to school, along with appropriate evaluation and counseling
  • restrict Internet gun sales, including kits that can be used to make/modify guns
  • enforce federal and state minimum age requirements for handgun purchases
  • raise the minimum age to 21 to be allowed to buy a handgun from non-licensed dealers
  • allow at least three business days to conduct background checks
  • require non-licensed dealers to conduct background checks and fill out proper paperwork so that guns can be traced
  • increase penalties for the transfer of handguns or semiautomatic assault weapons to juveniles for use in a crime
  • revoke the license of dealers who knowingly sell to minors
  • establish education programs to teach students, parents, and community members about gun safety and violence prevention
  • prevent juveniles who commit violent crimes from buying guns as adults

These and other measures are some of the ways National PTA believes that gun violence can be decreased in order to make our schools, as well as our communities, safer. National PTA believes we must enact legislation that will reduce gun violence and help protect all children and youth.

Adopted by the 1999 Board of Directors Section II Archived by the 2002 Board of Directors Amended by the 2013 Board of Directors

The National PTA has the following positions:

National PTA Position Statement + Gun Safety and Violence Prevention


National PTA Position Statement on Child Safety and Protection


Resolution on Firearm Awareness and Safety



All National PTA Positions

Under the Gun Press Release