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After Orlando shooting, Florida League of Women Voters calls for better gun control laws



Just hours after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history left at least 50 people dead and several dozen more injured at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday morning, the Florida League of Women Voters issued a call to action and demanded better gun control laws in the Sunshine State.

"The time for action is NOW. Guns kill people. That is a fact," read the email signed by league President Pamela Goodman. "Florida must be a leader NOW for necessary gun legislation.

"Call your Florida Representative and State Senator. We must have expanded background checks and extensive REQUIRED safety training for all permit holders," Goodman's message continued. "This is a public safety issue. We must all be responsible and take action for the safety of our citizens."

The email blast from the group was sent at 9:53 a.m., about five hours after the hostage situation ended at the Pulse nightclub and as authorities were still assessing the victims and investigating the gunman.

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 8:01am]


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