Kavanagh and Colleagues Form New York State Legislators Against Illegal Guns

May 8, 2009
Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined fellow New York State legislators as a founding member of the New York chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG) at a summit meeting at Gracie Mansion on May 8, 2009. Hosted by Mayor Mike Bloomberg and joined by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, NYC Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt, and legislators from around the country, the group announced its intentions to cultivate practical means by which to keep guns away from criminals. Modeled after Mayors Against Illegal Guns, SLAIG will aim to find common sense measures to limit criminals’ access to illegal guns. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh was honored to serve on the panel of speakers at the opening meeting. He discussed his bill, A05696, that would ensure that gun store employees who sell or handle firearms are subject to criminal background checks. Another significant piece of gun legislation Kavanagh introduced, A03076B, passed the Assembly on April 28th as part of the Assembly gun bill package. The latter bill would broaden the eligibility criteria for firearm licenses to ensure that people with certain indications of mental illnesses or other limited mental capacity are not granted firearms licenses, and that all applicants for a license be required to take a safety course before the license is granted.