What We Do

Our Mission.

Protect Minnesota promotes a culture of health and safety for all Minnesotans by preventing gun violence
through research, legislation, education, and community investment.

Firearm Suicide Prevention.

In 2020, 68% of gun deaths were suicides. Of those, white men (83% of firearm suicides) and rural areas (83% of all firearm suicides) are disproportionately impacted. These deaths are not inevitable.

Protect Minnesota is working to address the epidemic of firearm suicides in the following ways:

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Suicide Prevention Plan. We are partnering with the MN Department of Agriculture in the implementation of these resources across rural communities. We are meeting rural residents where they are and getting them the help they need in moments of mental health crisis.
  • Community Champion Coalitions. Our CCCs are fluent in the unique needs of Minnesota’s many communities, putting culturally aware suicide prevention materials, training, and tools into the hands of those who need them.
  • Gun Shop Project. We are working to implement the Gun Shop Project here in Minnesota, disseminating firearm suicide prevention as well as safe storage materials from locally trusted sources by firearm owners, like gun shops and shooting ranges.
  • Clinician Counseling. We are training physicians throughout the state to talk to their patients about safe firearm storage, use, and how to prevent firearm suicide in the home.
  • Community Partnerships. There are many great community organizations that are successfully doing the work of reducing suicide throughout the state. We seek to uphold, rather than replicate, the work that these organizations do through partnerships and shared events.
  • Family Resources. We are the first organization in the state to provide suicide prevention materials in languages in addition to English: Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. Knowing what to do if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal and has guns in the home is important across all languages.

Community Gun Violence.

In 2020, 75% of homicides in Minnesota were committed by gun. Black Americans account for 55% of gun homicide victims but make up just 13% of the population; Black men are 10 times more likely to be shot and killed than white men. As a society, we have a long way to go on preventing the contributing factors to community gun violence.

Historical trauma, systemic racism, economic and educational disparities, high incarceration rates: each of these contributes to instances of community gun violence. As complicated and deep-rooted as community gun violence is, Protect Minnesota is working to implement proven solutions:

  • Combatting Untrue Narratives. The causes of community gun violence are varied and complex, but they do not include many of the racist, classist narratives that have sprung up in the place of true solutions. We are working, across platforms, to ensure that everyone has access to accurate, equitable information about the causes of and solutions to incidents of community gun violence.
  • Community Partnerships. Like in rural areas, there are many incredible organizations that are doing the on-the-ground work of preventing community gun violence. We seek to uphold, not replicate, the work that these organizations do through partnerships and shared events.
  • Safe Storage Supplies. Safe storage supplies, like trigger locks and biometric safes, can be prohibitively expensive in economically disadvantages areas. Our Safe Storage Program disbursed safe storage tools and training to new, inexperienced gun owners to ensure that firearms are not accidentally discharged or stolen.
  • Local Government Partnerships. We work directly with local government departments, like the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention, that endeavor to prevent gun violence in the cities they serve.

Safe Storage.

In 2020, at least 2,070 children were unintentionally shot across the country with an unsecured gun. These deaths are tragically avoidable. Protect Minnesota is working to ensure that all gun owners in Minnesota practice safe storage to ensure the safety of all:

  • Safe Storage Supplies. Safe storage supplies, like trigger locks and biometric safes, can be prohibitively expensive in economically disadvantages areas. Our Safe Storage Program disbursed safe storage tools and training to new, inexperienced gun owners to ensure that firearms are not accidentally discharged or stolen.
  • Safe Storage Materials. Sometimes safe storage isn’t practiced for cultural reasons, or because gun owners are worried about not accessing their firearm in time in the case of an emergency. We provide safe storage materials specialized to recreational gun owners and self-defense gun owners. These materials are available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, assuring that they are accessible to folks from all communities.
  • Gun Shop Project. We are working to implement the Gun Shop Project here in Minnesota, disseminating firearm suicide prevention as well as safe storage materials from locally trusted sources by firearm owners, like gun shops and shooting ranges.

Protect Minnesota is a 501.c3 non-profit organization.
3500 Vicksburg Lane North, Suite 400-128, Plymouth, MN 55447

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