Our Mission

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearms. This mission is achieved by:

  • Educating the public about the facts regarding firearm violence and misuse;
  • Producing and publishing educational materials to inform the public about the problem of firearm violence;
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for information on the issue of firearm violence;
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the fairness, enforceability, and effectiveness of regulations and criminal sanctions related to firearms;
  • Working with special interest groups including health care professionals, law enforcements officials, and community groups to bring special perspectives to the issue;
  • Advocating for legislative goals which would reduce the easy access to firearms; and
  • Establishing a strong statewide organization with the numerical strength to translate public opinion into effective public policy.

Although the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is predominantly a statewide organization, at times it conducts projects consistent with its mission on a national or regional level.

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Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 40 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.

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Chicago, Illinois 60607

p) 312. 243. ICHV (4248)
f) 312. 243. 4258

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