Learn more about NYAGV’s legislative priorities here.

You can also be a part of NYAGV’s remote Lobby Week: 

  • Sign these petitions to support our state and federal agenda. 
  • Call your state and federal lawmakers! Urge your state and federal legislators to pass NYAGV’s package of gun bills.
  • Follow along on social media – we’ll be posting information that we need YOU to share with your followers in order to build the movement. (NYAGV: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram; Youth Over Guns: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

Know any youth who are looking to get involved in the movement to end gun violence? Invite them to our Youth Over Guns Town Hall on Friday, May 7th!


In January, 2019, New York lawmakers passed several new gun safety laws that Governor Cuomo is expected to sign. Our state continues to lead the way in gun violence prevention measures, but strong federal gun laws are needed to keep guns out of New York communities. 

Please take action to support these federal bills to reduce gun violence:

Federal Background Checks Act

Update: The U.S. House passed H.R. 8 on 2/27/19. The bill needs to be taken up by the Senate.

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.

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