Our Philosophy

ICHV works to reduce the immense loss of life that comes from gun violence in our country.  We need laws and policies enacted that effectively save lives.  As the oldest and largest statewide organization in the country, ICHV is uniquely able to influence firearm policy and legislation that helps keep our communities safe from deadly gun violence.  Through our programs we reach out to the most vulnerable population in our society, children, and empower them to be voices of change in their communities by spreading our philosophy.

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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

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