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

Police seize first firearms under Florida's new gun-control laws
Posted: March 19, 2018

A Broward County judge on Friday issued the state’s first order temporarily removing guns from a person under Florida’s new gun-control laws. Four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were ordered removed from a 56-year-old Lighthouse Point man who was determined to be a potential risk to himself or others. ...

Gun Control Bills Die in Kansas, Day After Student Walkout
Posted: March 19, 2018

Kansas lawmakers rejected a series of gun control measures one by one on Thursday, the day after students nationwide walked out of class to protest school shootings. ...

Parkland, race and the gun violence that goes overlooked
Posted: March 19, 2018

As survivors of a shooting in Parkland, Florida, amass international attention for a movement to reform gun laws, many white parents and guardians are figuring out how to talk to their children about gun violence for the first time. But many within black communities are reckoning with how to embrace that movement while also addressing truths about their safety, perceptions of black lives and death. ...

After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns.
Posted: March 19, 2018

John McGuire was inside his house with 81 guns when five state troopers were dispatched to investigate a threat he had reportedly made. They told him he wasn’t being charged, or investigated, or even accused of any crime. Instead, they had come to search his house this winter evening based on a controversial type of warrant, one that represents the United States’ latest piecemeal attempt to prevent gun violence. ...

ATF Chief tells Congress laws to ban bump fire stocks is best route
Posted: March 15, 2018

The acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acknowledged Wednesday that he has been told by some attorneys that banning bump fire stocks through executive regulation would lead to court challenges that would delay the implementation of a ban. Pressed by Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, ATF Acting Director Thomas Brandon told members of Congress that banning bump stocks through legislation would be cle ...

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