The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974. We are the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.
CSGV’s guiding principle is simple: We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. We pursue this goal through policy development, advocacy, community engagement, and effective training.
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) — now known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), a law that allows law enforcement and family members to temporarily remove firearms from a loved one in crisis.
ERPO laws are 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 in the communities that are most impacted by gun violence and 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 taken on the gun lobby for 45 years and will continue to keep them on the defensive.
Through a combination of evidence-based policy development and aggressive lobbying, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is leading the way forward. We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our initiatives, and help us fight for a safer and stronger America.
View our five year strategic plan to learn more.