Secret membership of the American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention

A new political group, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, has been formed by various state lawmakers to fight against your rights. Supposedly their present membership is around 200, all state legislators plus representatives from Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

Our first reaction was to figure out just who these legislators are and work to defeat them in the next election. But the group won’t tell, because they fear exactly that. Now the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has challenged the ASLGVP to “immediately publish a roster of their members, and disclose their funding sources.”

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted in a press release that “When an organization consists of elected public officials, there must be complete transparency. The public deserves to know who belongs to this organization, and who is providing financial support.”

He’s right. An association of public officials, as opposed to a private association which may include some public officials along with everyone else in its membership, is (or should be) subject to public scrutiny.

But the group declined to provide the identities of its legislator-members, apparently fearing “political backlash,” according to published reports.

The ASLGVP was launched in Washington, D.C. by eight members, all but one Democrats. The founder is New York Democrat Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. Other known members are Kansas State Rep. Barbara Bollier (R), and Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman (D). As-yet unidentified lawmakers from Alabama, New Hampshire, New York, Texas and Virginia are also complicit.

Let the “political backlash” begin.

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