gillibrand roundtable 10-15 only herNYAGV’s Executive Director, Leah Gunn Barrett, joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other officials and gun safety advocates at a round table discussion October 9 in New Rochelle that focused on reducing gun trafficking.

Currently, there is no federal law that defines gun trafficking as a crime. Gillibrand has introduced S. 1760, the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2015which would establish gun trafficking as a federal crime and crack down on bad gun dealers.

Gillibrand commented, “I am not willing to throw my hands in the air and say nothing can be done while lives are being senselessly lost due to weapons being in the hands of criminals….The absence of any federal law defining gun trafficking as a crime in this country is shocking. Cracking down on gun trafficking and keeping illegal guns off our streets should not be a Republican or Democratic issue because it is just common sense. By cracking down on illegal gun traffickers and their vast criminal networks, we can stop the flow of illegal guns and save innocent lives.” gillibrand round table cropped 10-15

At the round table, Gunn Barrett spoke about NYAGV’s efforts to pass local safe storage laws as a way to prevent guns from being stolen from homes and vehicles and the need for detailed crime gun trace data.

Also attending the round table were members of the New York State Assembly, David Buchwald and Steve Otis; State Senator Stewart Cousins and George Latimer; New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll; members of the Westchester County Legislature and District Attorney’s Office; and gun safety advocates.

Take action!

Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to support S. 1760 and other anti-gun-trafficking measures to keep illegal guns out of New York communities.