legislative advocacy to reduce
gun violence since 1993

The Gun Violence Epidemic

Each year in the U.S., over 33,000 Americans are killed by gun violence – suicides, homicides and unintentional shootings–and more than 84,000 are injured. Over the past 50 years, more than 1.4 million Americans have been killed and 3.5 million have been injured by firearms. In fact, more Americans have died from firearms on our soil than in all the wars in this country's history.

Felons, domestic abusers and the seriously mentally ill continue to have easy access to firearms and ammunition due to weak federal gun safety laws.

With a primary focus on New York State and its residents, NYAGV advocates at all levels of government for laws, policies and practices that protect New Yorkers from gun violence. Below are the sensible gun safety measures NYAGV is fighting for.

Also see the NYAGV Resources page for gun violence facts, figures, trends and research reports.

Issues
Federal: Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

Federal: Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

PROBLEM: Both houses of Congress are considering a dangerous legislation, federally mandated Concealed Carry Reciprocity (H.R.38/ S.446), which would require New York and other strong gun law states to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all... Read More
NY: Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention

NY: Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention

PROBLEM: Researchers have found that millions of children live in homes with easily accessible guns. The presence of unlocked guns in the home increases the risk of accidental gun injuries, intentional shootings and suicides. New... Read More
NY: Guns and Domestic Violence

NY: Guns and Domestic Violence

PROBLEM: Access to guns is a key factor in domestic violence homicides. From 2001 through 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the United States by an intimate partner using a gun. The presence of a gun in... Read More
NY: Gun Trafficking

NY: Gun Trafficking

PROBLEM:  Illegal firearms continue to flood New York neighborhoods. These guns often originate in states with weak gun laws that allow individuals to purchase guns in large quantities and traffic them into our state. Dishonest gun dealers—both... Read More
NY: Microstamping to Help Law Enforcement Solve Gun Crimes

NY: Microstamping to Help Law Enforcement Solve Gun Crimes

THE PROBLEM: Gun crimes provide criminals with the safety of distance and often result in fewer witnesses and less crime scene evidence than other types of crimes. The deadly threat of... Read More
Federal: Expanding Background Checks

Federal: Expanding Background Checks

PROBLEM:  A loophole in federal law enables dangerous individuals to avoid background checks by purchasing firearms from private sellers at gun shows and on internet gun sites that are not required to perform background checks on... Read More

Federal: Strengthen Gun Trafficking Laws and Enforcement

PROBLEM: Each year thousands of guns purchased legally make their way into the hands of criminals through straw purchasers* and corrupt dealers. Insufficient federal enforcement enables corrupt dealers to stay in business.  The... Read More