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ICHV leads the conversation about gun violence policy in Illinois. This year, we launched the Speak for Safety IL campaign that engages law enforcement, health professionals and advocates around the state to educate them about the Firearms Restraining Order. This law is aimed at stopping people in crisis from using guns by allowing law enforcement to temporarily remove their guns. We have held six large trainings, and are planning more to make sure people understand how to use the FRO law to save lives.  

In addition, we have held lobby days, legislative meetings, and organizing meetings and rallies in support of the Fix the FOID bill that would close loopholes in Illinois’ permitting system and expand background checks to all gun sales. While the bill passed the Illinois House, it has not passed the Illinois Senate and we look forward to continuing to lead the grassroots efforts to pass this important law.. Continuing our advocacy for sensible gun policies and augmenting our work to educate Illinoisans about current laws means allocating resources to support this work. With your support, we can continue to lead the important conversations. Please consider donating to support our work.


ILGVP Coalition

ICHV continues to staff, organize and mobilize the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. Since 2015, ICHV has grown the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition from a few member organizations to over 190 today. The coalition’s focus is engaging a wide range of organizations, from hospitals to churches to domestic violence policy organizations, to coordinate gun violence actions and policy. The coalition has scored many victories including passing Gun Dealer Certification, our work to pass the Fix the FOID law and statewide engagement with leaders on this issues. With your support, the coalition can continue to grow and augment our engagement around Illinois.

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ICHV has teamed up with worldwide creative firm FCB Chicago and engaged gun violence survivors and activists to create two large scale issue advocacy projects. The Gun Violence History Book is a literal history of gun violence that is so thick that we were able to shoot it with a bullet and the bullet stopped someplace in the middle. The book begs the question: if the history of gun violence can literally stop a bullet, why can’t our lawmakers pass laws that can stop this brutal history from repeating itself. The Most Dangerous Street project highlights the need for additional funding to the parts of Chicago that experience the most gun violence through community investment by using lasers and stories to create a narrative about Chicago’s gun violence problem. These projects have garnered thousands of views and motivated people across the state to email their legislator in support of better policy 

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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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