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

Contra Costa Crime lab leaves no gun or shell casing behind
Posted: August 15, 2018

Law enforcement departments across the country have access to the same system that Contra Costa has been using to catch the people committing gun crimes on its streets. It's known as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, NIBIN for short, and it's maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. But NIBIN only works if police assiduously log all the casings they recover, and do so quickly, before trails grow ...

As Canada faces rising gun violence, tighter laws are a tough sell
Posted: August 15, 2018

Rising violence in Canada has prompted calls for the federal government to tighten gun laws but tougher regulations could cause a political backlash in a country where 2 million people are licensed to own a firearm. ...

Man Charged Despite Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man
Posted: August 15, 2018

Florida prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge on Monday against a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a dispute over a parking space, three weeks after the local sheriff had refused to arrest the man, citing the state’s sweeping and controversial Stand Your Ground law. ...

The deadliest city: Behind Chicago’s segregated shooting sprees
Posted: August 14, 2018

While its homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U.S. city — with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month. Why it matters: Racial segregation, wealth inequality, gangs and the inability of law enforcement to solve crimes have fueled the gun violence epidemic — and a handful of minority, impoverished neighborhoods have received the brunt of the impact. ...

How red flag laws could help families grappling with guns and mental illness
Posted: August 9, 2018

While some states have ed flag laws that allow a judge to temporarily remove a mentally ill person's access to guns, it's not easy to balance their rights with the need for public safety. Special correspondent John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how families wish they could have been more empowered to help ailing loved ones and prevent deadly violence. ...

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