Our mission is to engage individuals, organizations and public officials from diverse communities in a statewide campaign to prevent gun violence.
In 1996 a group of concerned citizens, many with family members who had been killed or injured by gunshots, founded Citizens of Arizona to Prevent Gun Violence, our state’s first gun violence prevention group. Community leaders from law enforcement, child advocacy, faith organizations, survivors of violence, education and health care joined the effort “to engage individuals, organizations, and public officials in a state-wide campaign to prevent gun violence.” Several years later CAP-Gun Violence became Arizonans for Gun Safety (AzGS).
Since 1999, we have been providing community outreach and education programs to inform the public on Safe Storage Practices, the dangers of random gunfire, non-violent conflict resolution, strategies to address youth violence, and strategies to address community violence.
A number of organizations have partnered with AzGS to assist with achieving our mission – preventing gun violence. These partners include: Arizona Community Foundation, Peer Solutions, Trauma Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Arizona Injury Prevention Advisory Council, Arizona Department of Health Services, Barrow Neurological Center of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Million Mom March of Arizona, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office, Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Licensed Beverage Association, Hensley Annheuser-Busch Products.