Moms Call On Orlando Officials to Oppose ‘Open Carry’ Bills

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ORLANDO– A bill in the Florida legislature that would allow gun permit holders to openly carry weapons is causing concern across the United States and could have a dramatic negative impact on Florida’s tourism industry. That concern has been shared with MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization focused on family economic security, and the group is sharing those messages with Florida lawmakers and others.

More than 25,000 people signed a petition urging the Florida Tourism Commission to oppose open carry law. Many of those people provided comments voicing their concerns, and letting the tourism commission and others know that “families do not want to vacation in a state where people are openly carrying weapons.”

Florida moms and kids will deliver books containing hundreds of those comments from moms, dads, grandparents and others across the country to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer:

10am, Thursday, February 4
400 S. Orange Avenue (City Hall)
Orlando, FL

In addition to Mayor Dyer, MomsRising is sending books to the Orlando Sheriff and other Orange County officials. The group has already sent copies to Disney World, Universal Studios and other companies in the tourist industry. MomsRising  is urging public officials responsible for public safety and corporations that profit from tourism to take a stand against open carry bills.MomsRising Florida Organizer Sili Recio will be available at the delivery to comment on the campaign to prevent passage of the open carry bill.

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MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2013, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net”list.  MomsRising also maintains a Spanish language website:  MamásConPoder.org.