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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy

About Us

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, formerly the Center for Gun Policy and Research, has achieved a national reputation for our high-quality research, analysis, and innovation to advance the prevention of gun violence.

Founded in 1995, the Center’s multidisciplinary faculty members study the effects of gun laws, the implementation and enforcement of gun policies, law enforcement strategies, and community violence prevention efforts. Center faculty specialize in synthesizing research and conducting policy analyses to inform policy debates about how to reduce gun violence. They are frequently invited to advise federal, state, and local officials and to testify at congressional and state hearings.

In addition to publishing articles in leading scientific journals, the Center produces numerous resources, including fact sheets and policy analyses and works closely with the media and others to disseminate our findings to reach the general public and decision-makers.

Many of the leading gun violence prevention researchers in the U.S.– both inside and outside of our Center—have received their education at Johns Hopkins. Our faculty are training the next generation of gun violence prevention researchers.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy is led by Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, a national leader in gun violence prevention. Over the past 25 years, his research and policy analyses have helped shape local, state and federal policies on gun violence prevention.

Daniel Webster

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"For more than 20 years, we have been delivering on our goal to bring public health perspectives and expertise to the complex policy issues related to gun violence prevention."
— Daniel Webster, professor and Center director

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Learn about our Center

This 2-pager describes the work of our Center, and highlights examples of the how our research informs policy and practice.

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Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

In 2013, JHU convened more than 20 leading experts on gun policy to summarize research and recommend policies. Collected for the first time in one volume, this book continues to help readers identify changes to address gun violence.

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