NYS needs CAP laws to help keep kids safe from gun violence.

NYS needs CAP laws to help keep kids safe from gun violence.

While New York State has one of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, the state needs child access prevention (CAP) and safe storage laws to prevent gun accidents among young children. CAP laws—already enacted in half the states–are intended to prevent injuries and death to by limiting children’s access to guns. The laws make gun owners criminally liable if they negligently leave guns accessible to children or otherwise allow children to obtain firearms.

The need for CAP laws is real: 2 million U.S. children live in homes where guns are kept loaded or unlocked–and guns are involved in about 20% of the youth deaths, including homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.

CAP laws work: they’ve been found to reduce accidental shootings of children by as much as 23%.

NYAGV is working to enact new gun safety laws in New York State that require child access prevention and safe storage of firearms, and supports New York Assembly bill A-03941, the Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act, sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg.

How can you help?

  1. Contact your representative in the New York State Assembly and urge him or her to support the bill.  Find your New York State elected officials here.
  2. Donate to NYAGV and help us fight for New York CAP laws.

Learn more–read NYAGV’s fact sheets: 

Child Access Prevention Laws

Child Access to Guns