1. Oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination
New York State’s strong gun laws will be under threat with conservative justices like Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch’s record indicates that he would weaken reasonable public safety laws and make it easier for dangerous people to obtain guns. His views on the Second Amendment are backed by the National Rifle Association and are consistent with the gun lobby’s political agenda.
► Call your U.S. Senators. Tell them that protecting lives from gun violence matters to you and urge them to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
2. Oppose Federally-Mandated Concealed Carry, H.R. 38
Federally Mandated Concealed Carry Reciprocity (FMCCR), a federal bill introduced to Congress in January 2017, would require New York and other strong-gun-law states to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all other states. Since many other states have weak concealed carry laws, FMCCR would allow people who have not been through a background check or who have no permit at all to carry concealed weapons in New York and around the country. FMCCR would also override state law prohibitions on guns in public places, such as bars and schools, and other reasonable safety measures that prevent dangerous people from carrying guns in public. The NRA-backed FMCCR bill would endanger our citizens and police and let weak-gun-law states dictate national gun law policy by overriding strong state laws.
- Read more about H.R. 38: NYAGV’s Concealed Carry Fact Sheet
- Send a message to your Congressional representative to say NO to H.R. 38.
3. Support Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention
The New York Child Access Prevention or Safe Storage Act, a.k.a. Nicholas’s Law, would require the safe storage of weapons in New York State not in the immediate possession or control of the owner. The bill is named for Nicholas Naumkin, who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked gun. The Assembly passed the law (A.53) in 2015, but the Senate failed to take up the measure (S.2291).
- Urge NYS State Senate Leaders to bring Nicholas’s Law to the Senate floor for a vote.
- Sign the petition for Nicholas’s Law and share the petition with your friends.
- Add your organization to the NYS Coalition to Prevent Child Access to Guns. Contact NYAGV at email@example.com to sign up.
NYS—The Safe Homes Act, would authorize New York law enforcement to remove firearms found on the premises where there has been a report of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Firearm Surrender bill, which would require New York law enforcement to remove guns from the possession of individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Federal—The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, would prohibit domestic abusers and stalkers from purchasing firearms or ammunition and close loopholes that allow abusers and stalkers access to guns. The Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, is the House equivalent. The Lori Jackson Domestic Survivor Protection Act would close loopholes pertaining to temporary restraining orders and dating violence. The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act would give states additional resources to remove firearms from domestic abusers.
- Send a message to your state and federal representatives and urge support for these bills.
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