So what are the League’s positions on gun control?

This statement below is from the national League website.  For a history of the League’s study and action on gun control, click here: LWVUS on Gun Control

The League’s Position

Statement of Position on Gun Control, as Adopted by 1990 Convention and amended by the 1994 and 1998 Conventions:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.

The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.

The League supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.

National Program Planning by LWVN

Every two years, local Leagues get to weigh in on the priorities at the national level.  It’s that time of year, and we’ll have our discussion as part of our Board meeting on Wednesday night (yes, Valentine’s Day) at Pat Acton’s house, 48 Miller Road starting around 8 pm.  Please let us know in advance if you plan to come at

Send a letter to the EPA in support of the Clean Power Plan!

This just came in from LWV of Northampton:

LWVUS made an urgent plea to members to contact the Environmental Protection Agency, urging them not to repeal the Clean Power Plan.  

Join us! Time is short.  All comments must be in before midnight on January 16.

Submitting a comment is quick and easy.  There are several ways to submit comments.  

  • Email: Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.
  • EPA Comment
  • Mail: EPA, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460
  • Fax: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355

October 3: LWVUS Fall Webinar on Independent Redistricting

The League of Women Voters is leading the way for independent redistricting across the country and we invite you to join us to learn more during our Fall Leaders for Democracy Webinar on October 3rd at 2pm ET.  Representative democracy depends on voters freely choosing their elected officials, not elected officials choosing them. The League works to promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents.   

LWV leaders will report on their work on this issue including: Chris Carson, President; Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO; Carrie L. Davis, Executive Director, LWV of Ohio; Lloyd Leonard, Strategic Advisor to the CEO. 

For more information, or to register, please go to

LWVUS: Join the protest in New Hampshire on Tuesday against the Election Integrity Commission

As many of you already know, on Tuesday, Sept. 12,  the Pence-Kobach sham Election Integrity Commission will meet at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. 

This Commission has one goal in mind: laying the groundwork for voter suppression by purging eligible voters from the rolls.  There are no tickets left to attend the session itself, but you can help voice the League’s objections to the Election “Integrity” Commission’s work .

Plan to join the protest before the session from 8 to 10 a.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, St. Anslem College, 100 St. Anslem Drive, Manchester.  Wear League pins and t-shirts if you have them.  Bring signs.

Information about the protest is here

Let’s make it clear we oppose this commission’s bogus mission!


If you can’t protest, you can watch the meeting streaming live HERE:

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