Charging that members of Congress have failed to pass reforms to combat American gun violence, 200 lawmakers from 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have formed an alliance dubbed the American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP). The group says its goal is advancing legislative gun control efforts in statehouses throughout the nation.
The new gun policy organization held its inaugural meeting in the nation’s capital this week, where members discussed actions they plan to take in their respective states in 2015 and planned to build on gun control advances that have taken place in the past two years. Key elements of the group’s gun control plans include closing so-called gun-buying loopholes in the background check process, identifying relationships between guns and domestic violence, and exploring gun control options in areas with high rates of shooting crime.
The group’s founder, Democratic New York State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, said during a Monday news conference that the group is also intent on cracking down on interstate gun transfers.
“Gun violence isn’t a regional concern or a partisan issue. It’s a tragic crisis affecting Americans across the country,” he said in a statement. “We’ve come together in recognition of the essential role state legislators must play whether or not Congress chooses to act in reducing gun violence.”