Our one aim is to end gun violence in Illinois.
What is the issue?
Gun violence impacts communities across Illinois, resulting in 1,400 deaths and 4,148 nonfatal injuries per year. Gun violence is a complex public health issue that requires a multifaceted approach to reduce the human and economic toll on urban, suburban, and rural Illinois communities.
One Aim advocates for evidence-based laws informed by those most impacted to improve community safety. You can find information about our past successful efforts and current Illinois laws here.
Impact of Gun Violence
Gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, women, and young people in Illinois. We have compiled statistics to educate Illinoisans about the impact of gun violence.
One Aim relies on high quality research and dialogue with experts and impacted communities to shape its policy priorities and advocate for the most effective gun laws in Illinois. Access the research that supports our policy agenda and explore data about who is impacted by gun violence in Illinois.
Impact of Gun Violence in Illinois
Gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color and is the leading cause of death for children and teens across the state.
Black people are34
times more likely than White people to die by gun homicide, compared to 10 times more likely nationwide.
In an average year5,548
people in Illinois are injured or die by guns.
What We Do
Addressing Illinois’ gun violence crisis requires enacting and implementing policies to reduce gun violence and keep our children, families, and communities safe. We work to advance legislation at the state level to implement evidence-based solutions to gun violence in Illinois.
Firearm Restraining Order Act
The Firearms Restraining Order Act went into effect on January 1, 2019. The FRO created a new type of a civil court order that temporarily prohibits a person who is at risk of harming themselves or others from possessing or purchasing firearms.
Gun Dealer Certification
Gun dealers are a critical link between gun manufacturers and the public. They are also one of the largest sources of illegally trafficked firearms in Illinois.
Addressing Everyday Gun Violence
Mass shootings have devastated Illinois in recent years, including the tragic shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora on February 15, 2019. Dangerous loopholes in state law have allowed individuals prohibited from purchasing firearms to easily obtain guns and use them to injure and kill innocent victims.