For nearly 30 years NCGV has worked as the only statewide non-profit organization dedicated to reducing gun death and injury. According to the CDC, in 2020 1,699 North Carolinians were killed by gun violence. It was the most violent year of the 21st century up by 22% in 2020 over 2019. In North Carolina, almost twice as many kids were killed with a gun in 2020 compared to 2019. More than twice as many North Carolina kids were killed by gun suicide in 2020 as compared to 2019. Gun-related deaths are now the leading cause of death for children.
NCGV works to reduce the number of gun-related deaths which disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) North Carolinians. In NC, Black people are at the highest risk for gun homicide. They were over seven times more likely to be a victim of gun homicide than white people.
Polls have consistently shown that the majority of North Carolinians, like other Americans, want to prevent gun violence through effective policies and laws. NCGV is dedicated to mobilizing this majority and making North Carolinians safe from gun violence. We are building a statewide grassroots movement of individuals dedicated to reducing gun violence.
What We Do
In nearly every community across North Carolina, gun violence has taken the life of a community member and across NC gun violence threatens the lives of thousands more. NCGV serves as a resource to anyone concerned with the elevated level of gun violence in our state. NCGV supporters directly educate families on gun safety including safe gun storage and distribution of free gun locks.
What You Can Do
Get involved! NCGV works with concerned citizens across North Carolina to reduce gun violence. NCGV supporters each do what they can– distribute materials at public events, write letters to the editor, share information about safe storage with their friends and family, make phone calls to NCGV supporters at key times and voters, and talk with their representatives and senators. NCGV supporters recognize that as a community we have an obligation to prevent needless deaths and injuries. However you would like to help, your help makes a difference.
NCGV advocates for the enforcement of current laws as well as for more comprehensive firearm laws which keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. We work to keep our permitting systems intact, which includes background checks on all handgun sales.
We support laws that ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, regulate guns as consumer products, strengthen the current safe storage law, require reporting of lost and stolen guns, close the gun show loophole on long guns, require background checks on all purchases of handguns, fund community violence intervention programs, and require background checks and training to carry a concealed weapon.
NCGV opposes laws that give immunity from lawsuits to the gun industry; allow guns on school grounds, allow guns in restaurants, bars, and playgrounds; repeal our pistol purchase permitting system; and weaken or repeal our concealed carry weapons permitting system.