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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

Keeping Guns from Domestic Violence Offenders

The Center for Gun Policy and Research studies policies and behaviors related to gun violence perpetrated by domestic violence offenders. As firearms are the most common weapon used in intimate partner homicides (IPH), it is the initiative of the Center to identify whether existing purchase and possession prohibitions effectively keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

Research by Center faculty has identified important gaps in laws designed to keep firearms from IPV perpetrators and the enforcement of those laws. Nationwide inadequacies in state police gun removal laws have prompted in-depth analysis of their effectiveness in separating IPV perpetrators from firearms. A focus on Maryland gun violence policy has led to Center recommendations for improved implementation of these laws to decrease the prevalence of in-state, gun-related IPH. Additional Center findings on handgun purchase rates among restrained persons illustrate a pressing need to improve the effectiveness of the background checking system in eliminating the unlawful sale of firearms to domestic abusers.

Center Research

RESTRAINING ORDERS AMONG VICTIMS OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB
Injury Prevention 2008;14:191-195

KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF ABUSERS: HANDGUN PURCHASES AND RESTRAINING ORDERS
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB
American Journal of Public Health 2008;98:828-831

SEPARATING BATTERERS AND GUNS: A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF LAWS IN 50 STATES
Frattaroli S, Vernick JS
Evaluation Review 2006;30(3): 296-312

UNDERSTANDING AND INFORMING POLICY IMPLEMENTATION: A CASE STUDY OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROVISIONS OF THE MARYLAND GUN ACT
Frattaroli S, Teret SP
Evaluation Review 2006;30(3): 347-360

For more research on firearms and domestic violence, click here to browse the database of scholarly works by Center faculty.

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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