New York recently strengthened its gun laws. Washington should follow its lead.

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed six new gun safety laws that NYAGV had advocated for over many years. We’re grateful to the Governor and the State Legislature for having the leadership and courage to take action and save lives.

Washington needs to follow New York’s lead.

Our state is a leader in strong gun laws–and that’s why we have one of the lowest rates of gun deaths in the country. The laws recently enacted include a child access prevention law to prevent unintentional shootings, teen suicides, school shootings, and gun thefts; an extension of the time period allowed for background checks; and bans on bump stocks and 3-D printed weapons.

(Click here for the list of New York’s new gun laws.)

And already on the books, our state bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines–measures that if enacted on the federal level, would have helped prevent many of mass shootings we’ve witnessed over the last few days and weeks: El Paso, Dayton, Brownsville, and so many more.

Mass shootings are a tragedy–as are everyday gun crimes that affect underserved communities and don’t always make the news. Guns continue to be trafficked into New York’s communities from weak-gun-law states–targeting our marginalized communities of color.

To reduce gun crimes in New York and across the country, we need federal gun laws that strengthen background checks, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and remove guns from those who are a danger to themselves or others.

Washington must take action to protect all Americans. Please demand it today!

  • Call the President at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or email him here. 
  • Call Mitch McConnell–who had repeatedly blocked consideration of any common sense gun laws–at (202) 224-2541 or email him here.


Click here for details on New York’s new gun laws.

Click here for information on NYAGV’s new summer youth education programs to reduce gun violence.