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Make your space a gun-free zone Featured

You can take action against gun violence by declaring your space – your home, your place of work, worship or study, even your car – a Gun Free Zone (GFZ).

What is a Gun Free Zone (GFZ)?

  • A GFZ is a space in which guns are not welcome or allowed, with the aim of:
    • Reducing the escalation of violence.
    • Reducing the risk of gun death and injury.
    • Providing a legal framework for taking action if someone wants to come into a GFZ.
  • GFZs are voluntarily declared spaces, and range from:
    • GFZ’s by trust, as status is not enforced.
    • Enforced GFZ by declarations, searches and/ or safes.

Steps to Declaring a Gun Free Zone

Over the past 15 years, GFSA has developed a 5-step model to making spaces GFZs.

GFSA’s experience, which is backed by research, shows that the success of declaring a space a GFZ rests firmly on the buy-in and commitment of that space’s stakeholders to building a safe environment. It is not enough to just put up GFZ signs.

The 5 steps to declaring a GFZ are:

    1. Establish the Vision.
    2. Develop the Policy.
    3. Prepare for Implementation.
    4. Implement policy.
    5. Maintain and Monitor

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