(Long Island, NY) Thursday, March 12, 2015 New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) welcomes the Brady Campaign ranking of New York State as having the fifth strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. The rankings are based on the strength or weakness of existing laws relative to how easy it is for a criminal to obtain a gun. The rankings can be viewed here.
New York’s high ranking is based on strong gun laws that keep guns out of the wrong hands. For example, in January 2013 New York closed the private sale loophole so that all gun purchasers must undergo a criminal background check. It also has a stronger ban on military-style assault weapons, requires five-year renewable gun permits, provides additional protections for victims of domestic violence, and imposes tougher penalties for gun crimes.
“In New York we know that smart gun laws work. It’s why our state has the third lowest gun death rate in the nation and why gun deaths have fallen four years in a row, whereas nationally gun deaths are on the rise. We encourage other states to follow New York’s lead in enacting smart gun laws that save lives,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director.
Barrett added, “But we still have work to do to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. For example, we need a child access prevention law to safeguard our children from the dangers of guns in the home, stronger regulations for gun dealers to prevent gun trafficking, and micro-stamping to assist law enforcement in solving gun crimes. And finally, Congress needs to extend criminal background checks for all gun sales to reduce the flood of illegal guns into our state.”
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is a statewide advocacy group working to reduce gun violence through advocacy and education designed to encourage action, influence public opinion and lead to policy change. With a primary focus on New York State, the organization also advocates at the local and national levels for sensible gun laws, policies and practices that protect New York State residents from gun violence. www.nyagv.org; Twitter: @NYAGV1; https://www.facebook.com/nyagv.