We’re making a difference to prevent gun violence through public awareness, education and policy advocacy.

Our gun violence reduction and prevention measures in Massachusetts are a model for the nation.


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Stop Handgun Violence Three Pillars

Public Awareness, Education and Advocacy

  • Public Awareness: Our highway billboards across the state underscored the gun violence epidemic to over tens of thousands of people.

  • Education: We co-produced maerpo.org site to educate the public on the MA Extreme Risk Protective Order Law.

  • Advocacy: SHV has been advocating for sensible gun laws for nearly 30 years! We were the lead advocate for the Massachusetts Gun Control Act of 1998 (Chapter 180).

Stop handgun violence is nonprofit organization committed to gun violence prevention

By Shay Culligan

“If you live in Roxbury, Mattapan, or Dorchester, it is easier to find a gun than find a job, and that is the case across America in our poorest neighborhoods… There is a relationship between economic justice, crime reduction, and lower gun crime.’’ 

John Rosenthal, SHV Founder & Chair