Protect Minnesota was founded in 1991 as a coalition of 16 statewide groups committed to working together to prevent gun violence. The Minnesota Public Health Association was one of its first and most active member organizations, establishing the public health model as its primary approach. Other member organizations included:
American Association of University Women
Association of Minnesota Chiefs of Police
Church Women United, Minnesota
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
League of Women Voters, Minnesota
Minnesota Education Association
Minnesota Emergency Room Physicians
Minnesota Nurses Association
The Urban Coalition, Minnesota
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.
In 2016, our Board of Directors created a new mission statement that captures our historic focus on gun violence as a public health issue and new emphasis on expanding our work into Greater Minnesota:
Protect Minnesota promotes a culture of health and safety for all Minnesotans by preventing gun violence through effective research, legislation, education, and community investment.
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