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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

Welcome

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?

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 (asamuels@jhu.edu) 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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