Please take action to support these common-sense gun laws!
1. Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention
NYS–The 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 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked gun. The New York State Assembly passed the law (A.53) in 2015, but the Senate failed to take up the measure (S.2291).
- Urge state Senate Leaders John Flanagan and Jeff Klein to bring Nicholas’s Law (S.2291-A) to the Senate floor for a vote before the session ends in late June.
- Sign the petition for Nicholas’s Law and share the petition with your NY friends and colleagues.
- Add your organization to the NYS Coalition to Prevent Child Access to Guns. Contact NYAGV at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
2. Federal Background Checks
Federal— H.R. 3411, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015, would close the private gun sale loophole that currently allows terrorists, criminals, domestic abusers and the seriously mentally ill to purchase guns on the internet, from individuals, and at gun shows. H.R. 1217, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, would expand federal background checks to cover all commercial firearm sales– including those at gun shows, over the internet or in classified ads–but allows exceptions for family/friend transfers.
- Send a message to your Congressional representatives asking them to support expanded federal background checks.
NYS—A.249, 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. A.5257, 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—S. 1520, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2015, would prohibit domestic abusers and stalkers from purchasing firearms or ammunition and close loopholes that allow abusers and stalkers access to guns. H.R. 3130, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, is the House equivalent. The Lori Jackson Domestic Survivor Protection Act (S. 1834) would close loopholes pertaining to temporary restraining orders and dating violence. The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2198) 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.
4. Gun Trafficking
NYS–A.2217/S.1302, The Gun Dealer Bill, would supplement ATF’s infrequent inspections of New York licensed firearms dealers with inspections by the New York State Police. The bill would also require New York dealers to improve their internal compliance procedures, institute programs to eliminate straw purchases, improve security measures and provide mandatory employee training.
Federal— S. 1760, the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2015, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, which would establish gun trafficking as a federal crime and crack down on bad gun dealers.
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