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gun violence since 1993
NY's A- rating shows smart gun laws work.

NY’s A- rating shows smart gun laws work.

A state-by-state analysis shows that states like New York with stronger gun laws have lower gun death rates, and the states with weaker laws have higher gun death rates.Read More
Help us keep guns away from kids.

Help us keep guns away from kids.

Support Nicholas’s Law for the safe storage of guns in New York.Read More
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NY's Gun Death Rate Declines for 4th Year in a Row

NY’s Gun Death Rate Declines for 4th Year in a Row

New York State’s gun death rate declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, and the state now has the third lowest gun death rate in the country, according to a new report by the  Violence Policy Center (VPC).  New York’s gun death rate is 4.39 per 100,000 people–down from 4.99 in 2012–is less than half... Read More
Tonight in Manhasset: "Gun Sense in America"

Tonight in Manhasset: “Gun Sense in America”

Join us tonight in Manhasset for “Gun Sense in America”–a free community event about gun violence and what actions can be taken to reduce it. You’ll hear from panelists including Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett, founding member of Moms Demand Action June Rubin, and author Lois Schaffer about what measures are Read More
Recent Child Shootings Show the Need for Nicholas's Law

Recent Child Shootings Show the Need for Nicholas’s Law

Three families recently suffered the tragic deaths of their small children in incidents of unintentional shootings, reminding us of the dangers of unlocked and loaded guns and the need to keep guns out of the reach of children. A five-year old child in Missouri shot and killed his nine-month-old brother with his grandfather’s gun. A... Read More
States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States like New York that require background checks on all gun sales have almost 50% less domestic homicides, law enforcement homicides, and suicides, according to a recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety. In the states that require background checks for unlicensed, “private” handgun sales, Read More
Saratogians for Gun Safety Joins CAP Coalition

Saratogians for Gun Safety Joins CAP Coalition

NYAGV continues to build support for Nicholas’s Law with the addition of the Saratogians for Gun Safety to the New York State Coalition to Prevent Child Access to Guns. The Coalition–which now has over 50 member organizations–was formed by NYAGV to work for the enactment of  Nicholas’s Law, a child access prevention (CAP) law requiring the safe storage of guns Read More
Naming names.

Naming names.

Last night’s Frontline special on PBS, “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA,” examined the NRA’s effective approach at blocking federal gun safety legislation even after such tragedies as the Columbine and Sandy Hook massacres. Congress’s cowardice in facing the NRA is, as always, disturbing. But rather than refer to Congress as a nameless body,... Read More
Laurie Simmons prints being auctioned through 12/24 to benefit NYAGV.

Laurie Simmons prints being auctioned through 12/24 to benefit NYAGV.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is auctioning a special edition of photographic prints by internationally renowned artist Laurie Simmons. Lying Guns, 2014, each in a unique color, is based on a 1990 series of black-and-white photographs by Simmons of commonplace objects on doll-sized legs. All Read More
Buffalo Vigil Remembers Gun Violence Victims

Buffalo Vigil Remembers Gun Violence Victims

NYAGV, elected officials, families of gun violence victims and concerned citizens gathered at SUNY Buffalo on December 11 to remember victims of gun violence. The event was part of the National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence, which marked the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. Children from the Stop the Violence Coalition decorated... Read More