Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Formation 1974
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
48 organizations

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV or Ed Fund), its sister organization, are two parts of a national, non-profit gun control advocacy organization that is opposed to gun violence. Since 1974, it has supported reduction in American gun violence by education and legislation.


In 1974, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society formed the National Coalition to Ban Handguns,[1] a group of thirty religious, labor, and nonprofit organizations, with the goal of addressing "the high rates of gun-related crime and death in American society" by requiring licensing of gun owners, registering firearms, and banning private ownership of handguns. "Reasonable limited exceptions" were to be allowed for “police, military, licensed security guards, antique dealers who have guns in unfireable condition, and licensed pistol clubs where firearms are kept on the premises.”[2][3] In the 1980s and 1990s, the coalition grew to 44 member groups.[4]

In 1989, following a mass shooting in Stockton, California, the National Coalition to Ban Handguns changed its name to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, in part because the group believed that assault weapons as well as handguns, should be outlawed.[5] Today, the coalition comprises 48 member organizations.[6]


According to CSGV, its mission is: 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.[7] The organization has nine areas of focus, regarding issues and campaigns:[8]

  1. Opposition to the National Rifle Association's interpretation of Second Amendment rights.[9]
  2. Support for firearm microstamping, a ballistic identification technology intended to allow law enforcement to trace the serial number of a firearm from ejected cartridge cases recovered from crime scenes.[10]
  3. Ban the private sale of guns by instituting universal background checks.[11]
  4. Ban concealed carry.[12]
  5. Opposition to the sale of what it classifies as assault weapons to private citizens.[13]
  6. Support for "countermarketing", a strategy intended to force changes in gun industry's marketing and distribution practices.[14]
  7. Opposition to removing the duty to retreat in self-defense law (i.e., stand your ground laws).[15]
  8. Support for stricter mental health screening for firearm purchases.[16]
  9. Support for the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.[17]


  • Joshua Horwitz is the Executive Director of CSGV/EFSGV. He is an attorney who joined the Education Fund in 1989 as Legal Director.
  • Michael K. Beard is the founding President of the CSGV/EFSGV.


CSGV consists of 48 organizations. Among them are religious organizations, child welfare advocacy groups, public health professionals, social justice, and political action organizations.[6]

Member groups include:[6]


  1. ^ Wilson, Harry L. (2006). Guns, gun control, and elections. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7425-5348-4. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ Carter, Gregg Lee (2002). Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. ABC-CLIO. p. 395. ISBN 978-1-57607-268-4. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ Don B. Kates; Henry E. Schaffer; John K. Lattimer; George B. Murray; Edwin H. Cassem (1994). "GUNS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE OR PANDEMIC OF PROPAGANDA?". Tennessee Law Review. 61: 513–596. "The position of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns is very clear... [We support] ban[ning] the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns, except for police, military, licensed security guards and pistol clubs." Michael K. Beard, testimony on behalf of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns in support of 8-132 Before the Committee of the Judiciary 3 (Mar. 22, 1989) (transcript on file with the Tennessee Law Review;... 
  4. ^ Carter, Gregg Lee (2002). Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. ABC-CLIO. p. 396. ISBN 978-1-57607-268-4. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ Goss, Kristin (2006). Disarmed: the missing movement for gun control in America. Princeton University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-691-12424-7. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  6. ^ a b c "Member organizations". Retrieved 2011-05-19.  Template:Fixed link
  7. ^ About Us
  8. ^ Issues & Campaigns
  9. ^ "Guns, Democracy and Freedom - Coalition to Stop Gun Violence". Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Microstamping
  11. ^ "Gun Show Loophole". Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
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