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

America’s love for guns, in one chart
Posted: June 22, 2018

A new analysis from the Small Arms Survey, a gun research group based in Geneva, Switzerland, estimated civilian gun ownership by country using a mix of surveys, data from federal registries, expert opinions, and other research methods. It found that the US has by far the highest rates of civilian gun ownership in the world. ...

Towns Create Gun-Store Free Zones, Confident Constitution Is on Their Side
Posted: June 22, 2018

Officials in New Jersey fed up with federal inaction are flexing policy muscles rarely used to regulate gun dealers: local zoning codes that effectively ban firearm stores. To give the crackdown constitutional cover, they took cues from a recent federal court decision on the other side of the country. ...

Columbus And Cincinnati Sued Over Gun Control Laws
Posted: June 22, 2018

Ohio pro-gun groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against Columbus and Cincinnati, hoping to overturn recently passed gun control measures. ...

More than 500 guns found, seized from convicted felon in California
Posted: June 22, 2018

Authorities in California acting on a tip swept into a rural home and seized more than 500 guns from a convicted felon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. ...

Judge dismisses Emanuel lawsuits, but says FBI could easily fix gun check 'nonsense'
Posted: June 21, 2018

Though he tossed out the Emanuel AME Church victims' lawsuits against the FBI on Monday, a federal judge in Charleston blasted nonsense in the background check system that led to Dylann Roof's gun purchase. The FBI could easily fix the problem but has chosen to hide behind bureaucratic procedures and misleading statements to its congressional overseers about the system's effectiveness, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said in the ruling. ...

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