Skip Navigation

Special Event - Gun Policy Summit - January 14 & 15, 2013

Archived Media Advisories

January 15, 2013

To: Reporters, editors, producers; assignment desks

From: Dennis O’Shea or Tracey Reeves, university communications, 443-287-9960
                 [Mobile: O’Shea 410-499-7460; Reeves 443-986-4053]
           Tim Parsons or Natalie Wood-Wright, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 410-955-6878
                 [Mobile: Parsons 443-527-8051; Wood-Wright 443-703-8851]
           Alicia Samuels, Center for Gun Policy and Research
                 [Mobile: 914-720-4635]          

Media Advisory: Today at the Johns Hopkins Gun Policy Summit

Webcast includes release of post-Newtown public opinion survey and announcement of Summit recommendations for U.S. gun policy

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America concludes today [Tuesday, Jan. 15] and is available by webcast for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

Today's Highlights: Summit recommendations for changes in U.S. gun policy will be announced at 4 p.m. EST. [Details below.] Earlier sessions cover Australia’s experience with gun regulation and the constitutionality of proposed U.S. firearm policies. New public opinion data, from a just-completed survey, will be released. It shows broad support—regardless of party identification—for universal background checks, for improved oversight of gun dealers, and for bans on the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines.  

The big melt: How one democracy changed after scrapping a third of its firearms
Philip Alpers, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 9:45 a.m.-10:05 a.m. EST

Assessing the constitutionality of suggested reforms to federal firearm policy
Adam Winkler, UCLA Law School, 11:20 a.m.-11:40 a.m. EST

Public opinion on proposals to strengthen U.S. gun laws: Findings from a 2013 survey
Colleen L. Barry, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 11:40 a.m.-12 noon EST

Post-Summit News Conference: Summit participants’ consensus recommendations for federal gun policy will be announced at a news conference at 4 p.m. EST. The news conference will be webcast. Reporters covering the news conference by webcast may submit questions at this address: gunsum13@jhsph.edu.

Today’s complete Schedule and Presenter Bios.

Background: The two-day Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis has brought together leading gun policy researchers from around the nation to share their latest findings. After today’s final presentations, they will meet to recommend specific federal gun policy action, informed by research, that would reduce violence, that have public support and that would not violate constitutional rights.

Social Media: The Twitter hashtag for the Summit is #jhugunpolicy. You are invited to join the discussion.

Summit Proceedings to be Published: The papers presented at the Summit and the final recommendations will be published in about two weeks in a book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Summit co-chairs Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of the Center for Gun Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The book will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. You may order copies now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

January 14, 2013

To: Reporters, editors, producers; assignment desks

From: Dennis O’Shea or Tracey Reeves, university communications, 443-287-9960
           [Mobile: O’Shea 410-499-7460; Reeves 443-986-4053]
           Tim Parsons or Natalie Wood-Wright, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 410-955-6878
           [Mobile: Parsons 443-527-8051; Wood-Wright 443-703-8851]
           Alicia Samuels, Center for Gun Policy and Research [Mobile: 914-720-4635]

Media Advisory: Gun Policy Summit Webcast Today

Among highlights: Mayor Bloomberg; experts discussing assault weapons ban, universal background checks, gun violence and the seriously mentally ill, and personalized “smart” guns

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America convenes today [Monday, Jan. 14] and is available by webcast today and tomorrow for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

Today's Highlights: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, delivers opening remarks at about 9:15 a.m., introduced by Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md. Also today…

Preventing gun violence involving the seriously mentally ill
Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University, 10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m. EST.

Keeping guns from criminals: The role of universal background checks and other forms of firearm seller accountability
Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, 1:50 p.m.–2:10 p.m. EST

America’s experience with the federal assault weapons ban, 1994–2004: Key findings and implications
Christopher S. Koper, George Mason University, 3:55 p.m.–4:15 p.m. EST

Personalized guns: Using technology to save lives
Stephen P. Teret, Johns Hopkins University, 4:15 p.m.–4:35 p.m.

Today's complete schedule and presenter bios.

Background: The Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis is bringing together leading gun policy researchers from around the nation to share their latest findings. After a day and a half of presentations, they will meet together Tuesday afternoon to recommend specific federal gun policy action, informed by research, that would reduce violence, could win public and political acceptance and would avoid violating constitutional rights.

Post-Summit News Conference: The experts’ consensus recommendations for federal gun policy will be announced at a post-Summit news conference at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The news conference also will be webcast.

Social Media: The Twitter hashtag for the Summit is #jhugunpolicy. You are invited to join the discussion.

Summit Proceedings to be Published: The papers presented at the Summit and the final recommendations will be published in about two weeks in a book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Summit co-chairs Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of the Center for Gun Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The book will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. You may order copies now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

January 7, 2013

Experts To Share Research, Proposals To Improve Federal Gun Laws

BOTTOM LINE: Top gun policy experts will convene at The Johns Hopkins University on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14-15, to recommend federal actions to curb gun violence in the U.S.

WHAT: More than 20 experts will speak at a Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. After presentations on the latest research, the experts will adopt specific recommendations, informed by research and data, for policies that would reduce gun violence, can win broad public support and would not violate constitutional rights. The recommendations will be announced at a post-summit news conference.

WHEN: Presentations (open to coverage) Monday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST. A meeting of the experts to develop recommendations will follow (closed to coverage).

Recommendations will be released at a news conference at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday

WHERE: All open sessions of the Summit and the post-Summit news conference will be webcast here. Media who register in advance also are welcome to cover the summit in person at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health at 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Md. 21205.

WHO: The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will be presenting the opening remarks at the Summit. Mayor Bloomberg will be introduced by Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland. Presentations will include research findings from experts at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Rutgers, Michigan State, George Mason and Howard universities and the universities of Chicago, Connecticut and California-Davis. Experts from Great Britain, Australia and Brazil will present evaluations of gun policy reforms in their nations. A full schedule and presenter information are available online.

WHY: Last month's school shootings in Newtown, Conn., opened the door to new federal action to reduce gun violence in the United States. Johns Hopkins University's Center for Gun Policy and Research believes that any action should be based on the best available research. Evidence-based measures should aim, the Center believes, to curb not only mass shootings but also the less publicized U.S. gun violence that takes an average of 30 lives every day. For that reason, the University, its Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center are convening what is believed to be the most extensive summit meeting ever for gun policy researchers to discuss the evidence and make specific action recommendations. 

COVERAGE OPTIONS: Journalists wishing to cover all or part of the summit in person should register by contacting Natalie Wood-Wright at nwoodwri@jhsph.edu. If you are unable to attend but wish to cover the summit through its webcast, please send your name, affiliation, email address, telephone number and (if applicable) Twitter handle to Ms. Wood-Wright. That will enable us to ensure that you receive all relevant materials before, during and after the summit.

SOCIAL MEDIA: The Twitter hashtag for the Summit is #jhugunpolicy.