The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974.
CSGV’s guiding principle is simple: We believe that all Americans have a right to live in communities free from gun violence. We pursue this goal through policy development, strategic engagement, and effective advocacy.
CSGV is a thought leader in the modern gun violence prevention movement. Drafting, passing, and implementing evidence-based legislation is our number one priority. While legislative gridlock has largely stymied gun legislation at the federal level, CSGV has worked hard to secure major victories in the states. In recent years, we have worked with scientific experts to develop the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), a law that allows law enforcement and family members to temporarily remove firearms from a loved one in crisis.
The GVRO, which recently passed in California, Oregon, and Washington, is based on data-driven behavioral risk factors for dangerousness rather than a diagnosis. Focusing on behavior helps identify individuals at risk of violence towards themselves or others without unfairly stigmatizing those living with mental illness, the vast majority of whom will never be violent.
Our commitment to addressing gun violence in all its forms — from suicide to intimate partner homicide to the shootings that never make headlines — sets us apart.
In addition to our data-driven policy development, CSGV is dedicated to taking on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their toxic agenda. We were the first gun violence prevention group to use the term “insurrectionism” to describe the NRA’s dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment. By exposing the hypocrisy of the NRA’s messaging, CSGV has reframed the debate and put the gun lobby on the defensive.
Through a combination of data-driven policy development and aggressive lobbying, CSGV is leading the way forward. We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our initiatives, and help us fight for a safer America.