Please take action to support these sensible proposals to reduce gun violence:

New York ERPO/”Red Flag” Law

Update: The New York State Assembly and Senate passed this law on 1/29/19 and will be sending it to the Governor for his signature. 

The New York Extreme Risk (“Red Flag”) Protection Order Law would keep guns away from individuals in crisis. 

Currently, although the majority of mass shooters and victims of suicide exhibit dangerous “red flag” behavior before fatal shootings, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. The ERPO/”Red Flag” law would keep guns away from individuals in crisis by empowering family and household members, law enforcement, and school officials to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are dangerous to themselves or others. The laws have proven to be effective in reducing mass shootings, suicides, domestic gun violence, and other gun crimes.

TAKE ACTION!  Contact your state representatives today and urge them to support the New York ERPO/”Red Flag” bill.

New York Background Check Extension Law

Update: The New York State Assembly and Senate passed this law on 1/29/19 and will be sending it to the Governor for his signature. 

This law would extend the time period for completing background checks on gun buyers.

While New York State’s background check system requires a background check on most gun sales (including by unlicensed sellers) at gun shows and online, if the background check is not completed within three days the seller is allowed to move forward with the sale. The New York Background Check Extension law would extend the background check period to a more reasonable time period of at least 10 days to ensure the buyer is safe to own a firearm.

TAKE ACTION!  Contact your state representatives today and urge them to support the New York Background Check Extension bill.

Federal Background Checks Act

H.R. 8 would close the federal loophole allowing internet and gun show sales without background checks. 

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, H.R. 8, would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer, with carefully defined exceptions for gifts to family members, hunting, target shooting, and self-defense. While licensed gun dealers are currently required to conduct background checks, H.R. 8 would require unlicensed gun sellers to utilize this same system by requiring them to sell or transfer firearms only through licensed dealers.

This bill would close a huge loophole in federal law that allows unlicensed sellers to sell guns at gun shows, online, and person-to-person without conducting any background check on the purchaser. Since up to 80% of firearms used for criminal purposes are obtained without background checks, this bill is vital to reducing gun violence throughout the country.

TAKE ACTION!  Call your U.S. representative at (202) 224-3121 (U.S. Capitol switchboard) and urge support for H.R. 8 to expand background checks.

Federal Assault Weapons Ban

S. 66 would help prevent mass shootings such as those at Parkland, Las Vegas, Pulse Nightclub, and Newtown. 

Assault weapons, like the AR-15 style weapon used in so many mass shootings, are military-bred firearms designed for a specific purpose: to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, S. 66, would help keep these military weapons out of our communities, schools and public places.

TAKE ACTION!  Call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 (U.S. Capitol switchboard) and urge support for S.66 to ban assault weapons.

New York Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention

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Nicholas Naumkin

The New York Child Access Prevention or Safe Storage Act, a.k.a. Nicholas’s Law would require gun owners to lock and store their firearms safely when not in their immediate possession or control. Gun owners who leave guns accessible to children or other unauthorized persons would be subject to criminal liability. Nicholas’s Law–named for Nicholas Naumkin (left), who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked gun–would reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, homicides, and other gun injuries and deaths. And since locked and stored guns are less likely to be stolen, the law would also help prevent gun thefts and illegal trafficking.

TAKE ACTION!  Sign the petition for Nicholas’s Law or contact your state representatives directly and urge support for safe storage/child access prevention.

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