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. Our members include elected representatives of urban, suburban, and rural areas who have come together in recognition of the unique role state legislators must play 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. 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, 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 or experience mental health problems that make access to guns dangerous. We are also interested in promoting safer practices among people who choose to own guns and more robust and effective intervention programs in communities that experience high levels of gun violence.
ASLGVP was founded in 2014 by legislators from across the country, led by Brian Kavanagh, a member of the New York State Senate who chairs the coalition. Our activities are coordinated by a national steering committee.
Annual Policy Summit
ASLGVP hosts a national policy summit each year for members to connect with colleagues and experts from across the United States to explore the latest developments in gun violence prevention. The Summits include interactive workshops, presentations, and discussions with national advocates, experts, policymakers, and practitioners. Past Summits have been held in Arlington, VA, Seattle, and Chicago. The 2016 Summit was hosted in partnership with the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Our 2017 Summit was in Boston, with cooperation from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
For more information about ASLGVP, please contact our Chair, Brian Kavanagh, or our Executive Director, Anna Claire Loper, at [email protected] or 914-341-2381.
What People Say About Us
"The policy discussions we have had at ASLGVP have directly led to the passage of new common sense laws in my state, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers and others at risk of hurting themselves or others. Working together with legislators from around the country to address the common danger gun violence presents has enabled real change and ultimately saved lives." -Chris Lee, Hawaii State Representative
“ASLGVP has helped to connect me with like-minded legislators in states around the country and with a range of resources and strategies to combat gun violence. Through the annual summits and regular policy toolkit calls, ASLGVP highlights proven legislative solutions to gun violence, as well as evidence-based community intervention and advocacy programs. We take seriously that each of our communities will require a distinct approach to the country’s shared epidemic of gun violence.” -Merika Coleman, Alabama State Representative
“I am proud to be a member of ASLGVP, a motivated bipartisan group of legislators who advocate for policies to mitigate gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment. ASLGVP, and especially the annual summit, have been an invaluable resource for me over the last couple years, in sharing best practices for preventing gun violence, based on data and statistics.” -Robert Wittenberg, Michigan State Representative
"ASLGVP has been an invaluable resource for legislators like me looking for solutions to curb gun violence. By bringing lawmakers, policy specialists, and researchers together from around the nation, we can learn from each other to put into action strategies that work.” -Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania State Representative
"I find the work of ASLGVP invaluable. First, connecting legislators from different states enables each of us to build on others' experience. Second, ASLGVP connects us with both researchers and advocacy groups that provide immensely helpful information. The recent summit in Boston was many times more valuable than most other legislative conferences I've attended!" -Phil Mendelson, District of Columbia Council Chairman
“ASLGVP has been a fabulous group for me as a legislator to learn firsthand what is going on in other states around gun violence prevention. The benefit of having key contacts for specific legislation has been invaluable. And to top it off, the annual meeting has been a great resource both in providing access to new data and networking with others.” -Barbara Bollier, Kansas State Senator
“Participating in the ASLGVP fourth Annual Policy Summit allowed me the unique opportunity to engage in critical policy discussions with fellow legislators from across the country on how to properly address the gun violence epidemic that continues to cost the lives of too many Americans. We as legislators must continue working together in order to eradicate gun violence from each one of our states and the ASLGVP Summit gives us a platform to work across party lines to do just that. I look forward to continuing to take part in this important summit for years to come." -Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator