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Center for Gun Policy and Research

Reducing Gun Violence in America
To order a copy of “Reducing Gun Violence in America” from JHU Press, please click here. To read the 2014 Update, please click here. More
Gun Policy Summit January 14-15, 2013
Johns Hopkins University convened more than 20 global experts on gun policy and violence to summarize relevant research and its implications for policymakers and concerned citizens. Click here for archived video of the event
The Case for Gun Policy Reforms
A synthesis of prior research and analysis conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research examines policy reforms and initiatives for reducing gun violence in the U.S. Download the Report
Legal Issues
The Center monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of major gun laws, including those related to: "Saturday night special" handguns; handgun registration and licensing; child access prevention; and minimum purchase and possession age. More
Gun Trafficking
The Center is committed to studying and reducing illegal firearm trafficking. The Center's work in this area focuses on the role of gun dealers, straw purchases, and firearm theft in the transfer of guns from legal to illegal markets. More
Keeping Guns from Youth
The Center studies policies and behaviors related to gun access and carrying among youth. Center research focuses on trends and prevention of youth homicide, suicide, violence, and unintentional injury by firearms. More
Domestic Violence
The Center studies policies and behaviors related to gun violence perpetrated by domestic violence offenders. Center research seeks to identify whether current legal practices effectively keep guns out of the hands of batterers. More


The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is engaged in original scholarly research, policy analysis and agenda-setting public discourse. Our goal is to bring public health expertise and perspectives to the complex policy issues related to gun violence prevention.

An important part of the Center's mission is to serve as an objective and informative resource for the news media, thereby providing the public with accurate information about gun injuries, prevention strategies, and policies.

What's New?

Center director Daniel Webster to deliver Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture at Kansas City University
“Gun Violence in America: How Culture and Politics Shape Our Response”
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
11:00 am
For more information, and to access the live webcast, please click here.

New Fact Sheet on the Gun Center:
We have a new fact sheet describing our Center and highlighting some of our accomplishments.

Panel Discussion on Interrupting Gun Violence from the Ground Up with Dr. Daniel Webster
Thursday, February 4th
Hodson Hall
​Johns Hopkins University

Jon Vernick to deliver the Dean's Lecture: Why is Changing Gun Policy in the U.S. So Difficult?
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sheldon Hall (W1214)
Wolfe Street Building
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Congressional Forum: No More Silence: Commonsense Solutions to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
11:00 am -12:30 pm
Capitol Visitors Center
Center Director Daniel Webster a panelist

Moving from Crisis to Action: A Public Health Approach to Reducing Gun Violence
Friday, December 4, 2015
Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church
Daniel Webster to Deliver the Keynote Address, Facing the Facts: How Gun Violence Is Shaping Life in America
For more information, please click here.

Daniel Webster
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University
Gun Violence in America: From Rhetoric to Real Solutions

Montgomery County Campus
Oct 15
Rockville, MD

Dr. Daniel Webster led the Second Term Seminar Series on Violence Prevention, sponsored by the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Center for Injury Research and Policy, and the Center for Youth Violence Prevention. 

Nov. 21.   Brian Frosh, Attorney General (Maryland): Challenges and Opportunities to Enforcing Maryland's Gun Laws (Sheldon Hall; 12:00-1:20PM). Additional speakers: Kathleen Campbell,  Office of the Maryland Attorney General; Capt. Delaine Brady, Maryland State Police; Lauren Baraldi, Gun Violence Task Force, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research.  Watch the video here.
Nov. 24.  Tom Tyler, Yale University: Procedural Justice - Repairing Relations Between Police and Community.  Watch the video here.
Dec. 1.    Mallory O'Brien, City of Milwaukee and Marquette University: Homicide Review as a Tool for Data-Driven Prevention
Dec. 8.    Dave Sargent and Amy Johnson, MD Network against Domestic Violence; with Daniel Webster: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicides: Maryland's Lethality Assessment Program
Dec. 15.  Teny Gross, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence: Preventing Violence through Street Outreach and Conflict Mediation. Watch the video here

Center director Daniel Webster examines some hopeful possibilities that exist for a controversial public policy conundrum during his TEDMED talk. Please email Alicia Samuels ( for information on how to watch. A copy of his talk (as prepared for delivery) has been posted here.

Center director Daniel Webster gave the Distinguished Faculty Seminar at the University of Michigan on October 16th. Click here to watch his talk.

Center director Daniel Webster's research is highlighted in the Joyce Foundation's annual report. Listen to his story here.

Updated Evidence and Policy Developments on Reducing Gun Violence in America edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick

book coverThis digital update to Reducing Gun Violence in America presents new research and policy developments in the effort to address the staggering toll of gun violence in the United States.  

An essential companion to Reducing Gun Violence in America, the reliable, empirical research and legal analysis in this e-book will help lawmakers, opinion leaders and concerned citizens identify policy changes to address gun violence that takes an average of 80 lives every day.

If you prefer to read the Update on your e-reader, please click here.

In the News

Highlighted Research

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Jan;19(1):93-8.
Shootings are the most common method by which women are killed by an intimate partner in the United States. More
Am J Public Health. 2010 Oct;100(10):1856-60.
A widely publicized study of the relationship between gun shows and gun violence is being cited in debates about the regulation of gun shows and gun commerce. We believe the study is fatally flawed. More
J Urban Health. 2010 May;87(3):352-64.
Our findings should help law enforcement's illegal gun units to consider which of the thousands of crime gun traces to follow up with an investigation of possible trafficking. More
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