American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP) is an independent nonpartisan coalition comprised of over 200 Democratic and Republican members of the legislatures of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The group includes representatives of urban, suburban, and rural areas who have come together in recognition of the unique role state legislators must play -- whether or not Congress chooses to act -- in preventing gun violence.
ASLGVP members represent diverse perspectives based upon our own experiences and the needs of our respective districts and states, and do not seek to craft a one-size-fits-all agenda for all states. We share a common commitment to learning from each other and developing strategies for reducing gun violence that will be most effective in our districts, our states, our regions, and the nation as a whole. We serve as a hub for legislative resources, professional messaging, strategy, research, and peer networking.
Members of ASLGVP broadly support background checks on gun purchasers and other measures intended to reduce access to guns for those who commit certain crimes and for those experiencing mental health problems that make access to guns dangerous. Many of our members are also interested in promoting more safer practices among those who choose to own guns, and supporting more robust and effective intervention programs in communities that experience high levels of gun violence.
ASLGVP was initiated in 2014 by legislators from across the country, led by New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, who chairs the coalition.
View our press release announcing the formation of ASLGVP here.