Protect Minnesota was founded in 1991 as a coalition of 16 statewide groups committed to working together to prevent gun violence.
Originally named Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, the group was instrumental in passing legislation at both the state and national level in the 1990s to keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.
In 2005, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota merged with the Million Mom March chapters in the state. At that time the name was changed to Protect Minnesota (501.c3) and the Protect Minnesota Advocacy Fund (501.c4). Now, 27 years after its founding, Protect Minnesota is still the only independent, statewide gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota. And although we are no longer a coalition, we are still committed to working in partnership with non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and law enforcement to prevent gun violence in our state.
Informed by communities throughout Minnesota, Protect Minnesota prevents gun violence through engagement, advocacy, and community led solutions.
PM envisions a state in which the systemic inequities that cause gun violence are eliminated, ending prominent manifestations of gun violence: homicide, suicide, community gun violence, police gun violence.
- Evidence Based
- Community Centered