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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

About Us


The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is dedicated to reducing gun-related injuries and deaths through the application of strong research methods and public health principles. Its faculty have pioneered innovative strategies for reducing gun violence, and achieved a national reputation for high-quality, policy-relevant research.

The Center examines the public health effects of guns in society and serves as an objective resource for policy makers, the media, advocacy groups, and the general public. For the past two decades its faculty has helped shape the public agenda in the search for solutions to gun violence. Graduates of the School’s academic programs hold leadership positions in the field of gun violence prevention worldwide.

To learn more about our Center, please read and download this fact sheet.


Investigation into the cause and prevention of gun injuries and fatalities began at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health more than twenty years ago as part of an overall injury prevention research effort. Over the past decade, Center Director Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH and Center Co-Director Jon Vernick, JD, MPH have gained national reputations as experts in gun policy and gun violence prevention research. The Center was formally established in 1995.  Stephen Teret, JD, MPH is the Center's founding director and remains a faculty member. Center faculty members Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH is a leading researcher studying policies to prevent firearm-related domestic violence.  Emma (Beth) McGinty, a rising scholar in mental health, focuses on how public policies affect mental health, substance abuse, and gun violence.  Dr. Colleen Barry brings a wealth of expertise in public opinion research, including examining public attitudes about gun policy and mental illness.  Dr. Cassandra Crifasi conducts research on how state policies affect the assault and homicide rates of law enforcement officers in the United States.  Recently, Sheldon Greenberg was welcomed to the Gun Center; faculty draw upon his many years of experience in law enforcement in their ongoing efforts to study the enforcement of gun policies.

Past and present funders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research include: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The David Bohnett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Funders' Collaborative for Gun Violence Prevention, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, and The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Harold Simmons Foundation.

All faculty members of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health are required to follow the highest standards of responsible conduct of research, per School and University policy.  Among these is the principle of academic freedom, which stipulates that the design, conduct, and reporting of research must be independent of potential influence or biases from the funding source.  All research by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is conducted entirely independent of influence from funding source.

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