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Media Advisory: Florida Mayors, Gun Violence Survivors, Gun Owners and Moms To Gather at the State Capitol Wednesday to Support Local Authority Over Guns; Oppose Arming Teachers

Bills in the Florida Senate (SB 492) and House (HB 305) Allow Local Municipalities to Decide Where Firearms Can Be Carried in Public Spaces; Dangerous Legislation in the Senate (SB 968) and House (HB 753) Aims to Arm Florida Teachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of Florida mayors, gun violence survivors, gun owners, and moms will gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow municipalities to regulate the use of firearms locally, including on their own public properties.

Speakers will also oppose dangerous legislation to allow teachers to carry firearms in school.  A similar bill failed last year thanks to the strong opposition of moms, school boards, teachers and gun safety advocates across the state.

Who: Speaking:

Rep. James Waldman (D-96) Coconut Creek
Mayor Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest, Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Lisa Wheeler-Brown of St. Petersburg, son Cabretti was shot and killed in 2011
Jim Bailey of Tallahassee, gun owner
Chryl Anderson, Florida Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

Additional Mayors attending:
Mayor John Marks of Tallahassee
Mayor Oliver Gilbert of the City of Miami Gardens
Mayor Jorge Gonzalez of The Village of Bal Harbour
Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps of North Bay Village
Mayor Philip Stoddard of South Miami

When: Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 PM

Where: Florida State Capitol
400 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors of major American cities to more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters – making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.  The bipartisan coalition has united mayors, gun violence survivors and everyday Americans around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns.  The group recently joined forces with Moms Demand Action, the leading grassroots movement of American mothers working to prevent gun violence. Learn more at or on Twitter @DemandAction.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 150,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

For Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
Jack Warner: [email protected] or 646-324-8246

For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:
Kim Russell: [email protected] or 917-226-4420

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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