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Special Event - Gun Policy Summit - January 14 & 15, 2013

Reducing Gun Violence in America: The Book

Reducing Gun Violence in AmericaFollowing the Summit, the Johns Hopkins University Press will publish the book Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable, empirical research and legal analysis will inform the policy debate by helping lawmakers and opinion leaders identify the policy changes that are most likely to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Legal scholars weigh in on the constitutionality of recommended policies, and researchers present new data on public support for a wide array of policies designed to reduce gun violence. The researchers draw on studies of U.S. gun policies to demonstrate both the weaknesses of current federal gun policies and the efficacy of various state laws designed to reduce firearm availability to high-risk groups.

By analyzing scientific and legal data, the contributors provide evidence in support of enhanced regulation and oversight of licensed gun dealers, background checks for private sales and purchaser licensing. Lessons from bans of assault weapons and of large-capacity magazines for guns are considered, as is the promise of “smart guns,” which could be fired only by authorized users.

Compelling case studies from Australia, Scotland and Brazil demonstrate effective policy responses to gun violence that have led to significant reductions in gun-related deaths. Edited by Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, and Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH, the book concludes with data on public support for strengthening gun laws and Second Amendment considerations.

The book will be available in late January and can be purchased from Amazon ( and other booksellers worldwide, or directly from the Press ( To order by phone, please call the Press at 410-516-6965 or 800-537-5487.