A coalition of 200 state lawmakers from around the country launched a new gun-control organization on Monday called “American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention.”
The members of the group united under the notion that “Congress [has] failed in its responsibility to do something about this issue [of gun violence].”
“We are a coalition that is united by a common desire to find strategies that will work in our states, and that we believe will move the conversation forward and reduce gun violence across America,” said Brain Kavanagh (D-NY), founding Assemblyman and chair of ASLGVP, as reported by TRNS.
“We are not looking for, or trying to create, a one size fits all model…but we are committed to the principle that if we work together and if we learn from each others success and also from the challenges in our respective states we will do a better job,” Kavanagh continued, while speaking Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Areas that ASLGVP will emphasize will be universal background checks on all firearm sales and transfers, domestic violence and gun ownership, and interstate gun trafficking.
“In 2012, Virginia was rated number 2 in the nation in terms of guns found at crime scenes in different states. There were 250,047 Virginia guns found in those out of state crime scenes,” said Assemblyman Adam Ebbin (D-VA). “In Virginia we are proud of being a exporter of micro chips and for building naval ships, but we should be embarrassed by the number of deadly weapons we supply to criminals.”
The first official ASLGVP is being held on Tuesday in D.C. While members hail from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, the group has yet to release a list of members fearing backlash.
“We are a diverse group from red and blue states, and I am convinced our collective action will have an impact,” said state Rep. Stacey Newman (D- MO).