About The National Gun Violence Research Center

The National Gun Violence Research Center is dedicated to providing information regarding gun-related crime and promising practices to reduce gun violence. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center serves as a resource for police agencies, policymakers and the public to receive accurate, timely and nonpartisan information on gun violence and about strategies and policies designed to reduce it.

The Center conducts, collects and disseminates practical research designed to educate police, policymakers and the public. This research includes data from law enforcement agencies about the extent and nature of gun crime, as well as evaluations of innovative strategies to reduce gun violence implemented by police and criminal justice agencies across the country.

The Center is operated by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with support from the Joyce Foundation. PERF is a policing research organization and national membership association of chief executives of state and local law enforcement agencies from large and small jurisdictions in the United States and around the world. PERF has a 35-year history of conducting research on critical issues facing police and successfully bringing together police leaders, local and federal officials, academics, and other experts at the national level to explore public safety issues. The Joyce Foundation is a Chicago-based charitable organization that has underwritten gun violence prevention research since 1993.

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Gun Violence Research Center is to produce and disseminate research and policy guidance for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies regarding the prevention of, and police response to, gun crime.  The National Gun Violence Research Center seeks to provide police practitioners, policymakers, and the news media with accurate and timely information on gun violence and the strategies and policies that work to reduce it.

Latest News

Gunman ambushed deputies in deadly Douglas County shooting; 1 deputy dead, 6 people wounded
Posted: January 2, 2018

The gunman who killed a Douglas County deputy and wounded four law enforcement officers Sunday ambushed them after they responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Highlands Ranch apartment complex, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. Four deputies arrived together at the gunman's home in the Copper Canyon Apartments, a collection of two-story brick buildings near County Line Road. After the officers entered the suspect's apartment, he barricaded... ...

Wyoming detectives warned Lone Tree police about gunman’s peculiar rants before fatal Douglas County shooting
Posted: January 2, 2018

Wyoming authorities warned Lone Tree police about bizarre implied threats more than six weeks before a gunman killed a Douglas County deputy and wounded four law enforcement officers, officials say. University of Wyoming detectives called Lone Tree police and warned that Iraq war veteran Matthew Edward Riehl, 37, had made veiled threats against professors of the UW law school, where he earned a law degree, and that his vulgar, nonsensical... ...

Mass shootings are on the rise. So are classes on how to avoid them
Posted: January 2, 2018

There is now nearly one incident a day in America in which four people or more are shot, according to studies by the Gun Violence Archive website. The federal Department of Homeland Security has led the way in the more aggressive response, recommending two years ago that workplaces abandon training courses based purely on locking doors and hiding and instead adopt the new FBI program called Run, Hide, Fight. Campuses throughout the nation... ...

Chicago police say Facebook 'secret groups' used to sell guns, drugs
Posted: December 22, 2017

Chicago Police arrested 50 people for using secret groups on Facebook to sell guns and drugs, the police said on Thursday, and they criticized the world's biggest social media network as being unhelpful during the 10-month investigation. Police did not detail the charges filed against the 50 men and women arrested through Thursday, but said there were dozens and dozens of the secret groups. Arrest warrants for 18 more have been signed and most... ...

Despite internal review, Justice Department officials say Congress needs to act on bump stocks
Posted: December 22, 2017

The Justice Department announced this month that it would review whether bump stocks - a firearm accessory that can turn a semiautomatic rifle into a full-fledged machine gun - are prohibited under a federal statute that outlaws fully-automatic weapons. The review was prompted by the October mass shooting in Las Vegas, where gunman Stephen Paddock outfitted semiautomatic weapons with bump stocks to kill 58 concertgoers on the strip. ...

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