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Gun Safety Toolkit
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Introduction to the 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.
         
I. Issues and Priorities for Action
This section provides an overview of the main issues related to ownership and use of guns, gun safety and potential strategies and policies for reducing gun violence and the number of gun-related injuries and deaths in our communities.

II. Your League's Role in Engaging the Public
There are a number of ways in which Leagues can help to promote better understanding and solutions for the causes and effects of gun-related injuries, deaths and violence. 

III. League Information and Resources
This section contains links to information and resources related to League positions on various issues related to gun safety and gun control.

IV. Gun Laws in Various States and at Federal Level
This section contains information on gun laws passed recently in various States, including laws which limit access to guns as well as laws which relax requirements for access to guns.

V. Links to Additional Resources
This section contains links to a wide range of additional resources, including websites of organizations that promote gun safety or who collect information on gun-related incidents, various articles, editorials and opinions, and a number of relevant books.

Questions About the Toolkit?

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I. Issues and Priorities for Action
a. Background Checks
b. Public Health Implications
c. Gun Safety and Responsibilty
d. Need for Data
e. Mental Health Problems
f.  Security vs. Freedom
g. Domestic Violence
II. Your League's Role in Engaging the Public
a. Letters to the Editor
b. Radio and Television
c. League Events and Forums
d. Discussion Guides
III. League Information and Resources
IV. Gun Laws in Various States and at Federal Level
a. Gun Laws in Washington
b. Gun Laws in Other States
c. Federal Gun Laws
d. Gun Laws in Other Countries
V. Links to Additional Resources
a. Websites
b. Sources of Statistics
c. Books