NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett, joined by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, yesterday endorsed Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice to fill Congresswoman McCarthy’s Congressional seat.

Congresswoman McCarthy, who is retiring at the end of her current term, has been one of the nation’s leading advocates against gun violence in Congress throughout her 18-year career. (Congresswoman McCarthy will be honored at NYAGV’s Annual Benefit & Silent Auction on October 20 in New York City.)

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(L-R) Kathleen Rice, Leah Gunn Barrett, Congresswoman McC

Barrett commented, “Gun violence is preventable and New York State has shown that strong gun laws work in reducing gun deaths and injuries, which is why New York has the fourth lowest gun death rate in the nation. Kathleen Rice understands this and will work to pass strong federal gun laws. Her background in law enforcement and as an advocate for victims means her voice will carry weight in Washington as she advocates for universal background checks on all gun sales to prevent violent criminals, domestic abusers and the seriously mentally ill from buying guns, tougher penalties on gun trafficking and the banning of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. These weapons of war have no place in American communities – not in our schools, our malls, or our movie theaters.”

“Kathleen Rice has proven her commitment to combatting gun violence here in Nassau County, and I know she’ll be a leader in the fight for common-sense action in Congress,” said Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. “Kathleen has the courage and resolve to stand up to the extremists who have prevented us for far too long from passing legislation that the American people want and that our communities desperately need.”

“For our local communities to be fully empowered to take on gun violence, we need our Congress to take action,” said Kathleen Rice. “I respect and support the Second Amendment. I agree that responsible, law-abiding citizens have the right to own guns for recreation or self-protection. I’m not out to restrict their rights. Our priorities are to close the loopholes that allow violent felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous mental illnesses to avoid background checks and buy guns, and to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that aren’t used for sport or self-defense and only serve to increase the loss of life when a mass murderer gets his hands on a gun. The American public agrees with these simple ideas and our Congress should, too.”