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Posts tagged "background checks"
Illegal Guns Endanger Police as Shootings Spike

Illegal Guns Endanger Police as Shootings Spike

The danger of too many guns in our nation’s streets has a deadly impact on both civilians and law enforcement. Last week the nation reached the unacceptable tally of 56 law enforcement officers shot to death so far this year, most when serving a warrant or responding to a domestic violence dispute. New Yorkers Against... Read More
Caving to Gun Lobby Pressure, Senate Fails the American Public (Again)

Caving to Gun Lobby Pressure, Senate Fails the American Public (Again)

US Senators again failed to protect the American public by voting down strong and effective measures to close the terror gap and and institute universal background checks on gun sales. In votes on June 20: Senators voted down Senator Feinstein’s amendment, 47-53, which could have prevented anyone on the federal terrorism watch list and other... Read More
Facebook to Ban Private Gun Sales

Facebook to Ban Private Gun Sales

NYAGV applauds Facebook’s recent announcement that it will ban the private sales of guns on its Facebook  and Instagram sites. Facebook’s ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns, not to licensed gun dealers and gun clubs. The move by Facebook will reduce the number of guns sold without background checks, since private sales are not subject by... Read More
Mass Shooting in Rochester Shows Need for Congress to Act

Mass Shooting in Rochester Shows Need for Congress to Act

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.... Read More
Why, Governor Cuomo?

Why, Governor Cuomo?

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the state’s Senate Republicans agreeing to suspend the ammunition background check requirements that are part of the NY SAFE Act passed into law in 2013. NYAGV strongly opposes this memorandum and strongly supports background checks on ammunition sales, which help save lives.... Read More
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Expand Background Checks

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Expand Background Checks

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) welcomes the introduction of bipartisan legislation to expand federal background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, terrorists, and the seriously mentally ill. The bill, H.R. 1217, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015 was introduced March 4 by Representative Read More
States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States like New York that require background checks on all gun sales have almost 50% less domestic homicides, law enforcement homicides, and suicides, according to a recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety. In the states that require background checks for unlicensed, “private” handgun sales, Read More
Naming names.

Naming names.

Last night’s Frontline special on PBS, “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA,” examined the NRA’s effective approach at blocking federal gun safety legislation even after such tragedies as the Columbine and Sandy Hook massacres. Congress’s cowardice in facing the NRA is, as always, disturbing. But rather than refer to Congress as a nameless body,... Read More