Three people are dead and four are wounded following a mass shooting in Rochester after a Boys and Girls Club basketball game the evening of August 19. NYAGV calls on Congress to stop the ongoing national carnage and keep guns out of dangerous hands by passing universal background checks and imposing stiffer penalties for gun trafficking.

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NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett said, “We are outraged and saddened by yet another mass shooting in a public place where our young people should feel safe. Our weak federal gun laws make it ridiculously easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun since there are no universal background checks, penalties for gun trafficking are the same as those for trafficking chickens, and high capacity ammunition magazines and military-purposed assault weapons are perfectly legal.”

Read NYAGV’s full statement here.