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LGBT Lobbying Group Entering Gun Debate

Nick Evans
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Credit Nick Evans
The Florida Channel

The Pulse Nightclub shooting has galvanized the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community.  Now a major LGBT advocacy group is putting it’s weight behind gun policy.

Equality Florida will lobby for universal background checks and new restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.  The group’s public policy director Hannah Willard says the Pulse Nightclub shooting pushed them into the fray.

“Central to our mission is ensuring that every single person, no matter who they are or who they love, is safe and protected in the communities that they call home,” Willard says. 

Willard says the group will also continue pushing for LGBT civil rights protections.  

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.