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Center for Gun Policy and Research


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?

Dr. Cassandra Crifasi Winner of the Jess Kraus Award for paper in Injury Epidemiology
Assistant Professor Crifasi will accept the award during a ceremony on May 25th at Columbia University.
For more information on the award, please click here.

Insights on the Political Path Forward for Policies to Reduce Gun Violence Under the New Administration

Panelists include: Daniel Webster, Colleen Barry, and Josh Horwitz
February 14th, 2017
12:15 – 1:20 p.m.
Hampton House Auditorium (B14B)

New Report: Firearms on College Campuses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications

This report reviews the evidence surrounding the relationship between civilian gun carrying and violent crime and mass shootings and factors that are unique to public safety on college campuses.

Promoting Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice to Reduce Violent Crime and Enhance Police-Community Relations
Tracey Meares, JD, Professor, Yale School of Law
October 17, 2016
12:10 – 1:15 p.m.
David Paige Hall (W2030)

To watch the recorded talk, please click here.


Dr. Daniel Webster to deliver the 28th Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy
"A Roadmap for Reducing Gun Violence in America”
Thursday, October 13th, 4:00 p.m.
​Free and Open to the Public
Livestream the lecture at

Daniel Webster - panelist for a community discussion of Safe Streets and Hospital-Based Violence Interrupters
​Healthy Baltimore 2020 Community Conversation
Thursday, September 29th from 6-8 p.m.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy

Mondays 12:10 – 1:15 p.m.

Reducing Domestic Homicides
September 19, 2016
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD
Anna Wolfe, Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

What Cities Can Do to Reduce Gun Violence
September 26, 2016
Ted Alcorn, Research Director, Everytown for Gun Safety

Understanding and Addressing Psychological Trauma from Violence
October 3, 2016
Tanya Sharpe, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore

Reducing Urban Violence through Blight Abatement and Greening
October 10, 2016

Charles Branas, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology
Director at Urban Health Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Promoting Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice to Reduce Violent Crime and Enhance Police-Community Relations
October 17, 2016
Tracey Meares, JD, Professor, Yale School of Law

Formative Research and Communication Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence in Baltimore
October 24, 2016
James Evans and Annie Pruit – Illume Communications
​Discussants from Safe Streets Baltimore


Gun Violence and its Impact on an American Community- A panel discussion
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center
United States Capitol
Daniel Webster– Panelist

Violence Against LGBTQ Populations: The Public Health Response
Monday, September 12, 2016
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Sommer Hall, E2014
Wolfe Street Building
Reception to follow in the Gallery

Monica Yorkman, Leadership Team, Baltimore Transgender Alliance
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

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.

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.

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