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About Us

The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia. VACPS strives to accomplish this mission through awareness, education and advocacy. VACPS members represent a cross-section of racial, religious. professional and political groups. 


  • Strengthen individual knowledge and skills to prevent gun violence.
  • Publish and distribute newsletters to educate and increase awareness about issues of gun violence.
  • Lead discussions with school and community groups.
  • Provide youth oriented videos and educational materials dealing with gun violence and prevention.
  • Survey and publish views of legislators and candidates on issues relating to firearms and gun violence prevention.
  • Advocate conflict resolution as a peaceful alternative in disputes.
  • Build partnerships with youth advocacy groups.
  • Build strong coalitions among like-minded groups, individuals, and organizations to strengthen our effort..
  • Work closely with legislators to plan and support measures that help prevent gun violence.
  • Promote gun owner responsibility and punishment for those who misuse firearms.
  • Support the passage of sensible gun laws.


  • Education and training of firearms purchasers and users.
  • Safe storage of firearms in the home.
  • Restrictions on where concealed weapons may be carried (i.e., recreation centers, events where alcohol is served).
  • Severe penalties for firearm possession or use when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • State licensing of dealers with requirements for storefront operations and liability insurance.
  • Regulation of secondary sales and transfer of firearms.
  • Strengthened regulation of gun shows.
  • Consumer product safety review of firearms.


  • Restriction of the responsible use of hunting and sporting weapons
  • Abolition of handguns