Stop Handgun Violence

Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1994 by successful businessman, John Rosenthal, and the late Michael Kennedy.

SHV works to prevent firearm violence through public awareness, education, policy advocacy and law enforcement strategies – without banning most guns. In Massachusetts, we’re making a real difference. Since 1994, we have passed the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation and have drastically reduced gun injuries, homicides and accidents. Massachusetts’ gun violence prevention efforts are a model for the nation.