Guns Save Life is a regional civil rights organization that works to educate the public about the benefits of firearm ownership. The group had its origins as a county grassroots committee of the Illinois State Rifle Association in about 1995, initially meeting in Rantoul, and later holding its monthly meetings in the Jolly Roger restaurant in Urbana, IL. GSL was later incorporated as its own non-profit corporation and today represent gun owners in Illinois, Indiana and beyond in proactive grassroots activism promoting and defending firearm rights and the civil right of self-defense. Guns Save Life’s Mission statement: To promote and educate the youth of America in the use of firearms and gun safety. To educate the population regarding the safe use of firearms and the history of firearms as they shaped our country from the pioneers through various wars to the present. To promote and encourage shooting sports available to all who wish to enjoy their benefits by offering hunter safety and marksmanship programs. To encourage the building of public shooting facilities to further educate the general population and those in politics who lack the knowledge of safe use of firearms and their importance to the well-being of the general public.