1. Support A8293, Nicholas’s Law: The Child Access Prevention or Safe Storage Act.

Nicholas Naumkin

Nicholas Naumkin

Although guns in the home are the main sources of unintentional shootings, suicides–and even school shootings–New York State has no law requiring the safe storage of guns when children are present.  NYAGV is advocating for the enactment of A8293–Nicholas’s Law–which will require the safe storage of weapons not in the immediate possession or control of the owner. A8293 is named for 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked gun.

How you can help pass Nicholas’s Law:

2. Defend the NY SAFE Act.NY_SAFE_Act_logo small

In January 2013, just weeks after the Newtown shootings, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act and made New York a leader in gun safety. This landmark bipartisan law protects public safety by keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals–and it has been upheld in both state and federal courts.  (Click here for a summary of the NY SAFE Act.)

NY SAFE is under attack: The well-funded corporate gun lobby has filed numerous lawsuits to overturn NY SAFE and block its implementation and has launched a misinformation campaign about the law, being especially aggressive upstate, where gun ownership is higher.

NYAGV is working to defend NY SAFE: NYAGV filed an amicus brief to assist New York State’s successful defense of the law, and will continue to defend the law on legal grounds. NYAGV is also working to educate the public and counter the gun lobby’s misinformation campaign. Please help defend NY SAFE

3. Support Federal Gun Safety Laws.

BACKGROUND CHECKS–Tell the House to enact H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, introduced in April 2013 by Representative Peter King (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA).  This  bipartisan bill will expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales– including those at gun shows, over the internet or in classified ads–with exceptions for family/friend transfers.

Tell the Senate to try again and vote to enact strong background checks.

BANS ON ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES–There is currently no federal ban on purchasing military-style assault weapons holding 20, 30, 40, or even 100 rounds in a single ammunition magazine–and these weapons have been used in several mass shootings, including Newtown.

STRONGER GUN TRAFFICKING LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT–Each year thousands of guns purchased legally make their way into the hands of criminals through straw purchasers and corrupt dealers.

4. Support New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

DONATE to NYAGV.Make a donation to the NYAGV advocacy fund and help NYAGV fight to keep our New York State gun safety laws strong and to strengthen federal gun laws.

Or make a tax deductible donation to the NYAGV Education Fund to help NYAGV educate New Yorkers about how to avoid gun violence.