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NYAGV’s Barrett commented how strong gun laws passed in New York have reduced gun deaths in the state.

Thanks for those who came out yesterday to join NYAGV for our “Smart Gun Laws Work” press conference yesterday at New York City Hall. Elected officials, families of gun violence victims, and many others were on hand to call for enhanced gun laws aimed at protecting all New Yorkers.

The event coincidedwith the “National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence,” which remembered all victims of gun violence in America and took place two years after the Sandy Hook shootings. (NYAGV hosted a Buffalo vigil.)

Speakers included:
  • NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Co-Chair, State Legislators Against Illegal Guns
  • Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., District Attorney, New York County
  • NYS Senator Daniel Squadron, member, State Lawmakers Against Illegal Guns
  • Jumaane D. Williams, Member, New York City Council
  • Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director, NYAGV
  • Adam Ettelbrick, Senior at Fieldston School, member of the student advisory council of Friends Against Violence Everywhere (FAVE)
  • Family members of gun violence victims
    Charts compared the declining gun death rates in New York to the rising rate nationwide, showing the effectiveness of strong gun laws.

    Charts compared the declining gun death rates in New York to the rising rate nationwide.

Several media outlets were on hand including CBS news–check out the report here.

NYAGV’s Leah Gunn Barrett discussed the need to pass Nicholas’s Law to protect children from unsecured guns in the home, as well as stronger gun dealer regulations to prevent guns from ending up on our streets.

Among the elected officlals yesterday was NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Among the elected officlals yesterday was NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Adam Ettelbrick, a senior at Fieldston School, and a student activist, gave touching remarks about the need to protect kids two years after Sandy Hook and his disappointment with Congress's lack of action.

Adam Ettelbrick, a senior at Fieldston School, gave touching remarks about the need to protect kids two years after Sandy Hook.