A white paper and infographic review the approaches states use to screen out prohibited individuals from owning guns, and conclude that only purchaser licensing has been shown to reduce gun violence.Learn More
Center research finds that nearly four in 10 news stories about mental illness connect mental illness with violent behavior toward others, even though less than five percent of violence in the United States is directly related to mental illness.Learn More
Our goal is to bring public health expertise and perspectives to the complex policy issues related to gun violence prevention.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is engaged in original scholarly research, policy analysis and agenda-setting public discourse. 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.
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In the national debate over gun laws, we frequently hear calls for universal background checks. But another policy that goes a step further has stronger evidence behind it: permit-to purchase laws, also called handgun purchaser licensing. Listen to Daniel Webster, Cassandra Crifasi and other experts discuss this policy.