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

Posted: September 19, 2017

Laws prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms are ineffective at reducing the rate of domestic-abuse-related homicides. Strong enforcement mechanisms are essential. ...

Antifa, white supremacists exploit loose gun laws
Posted: September 14, 2017

Domestic extremist groups ranging from white supremacists to their rival antifa anarchists are increasingly exploiting loose gun control laws to show up at emotionally charged rallies with assault rifles and other high-powered weapons, increasing the likelihood of an explosive clash in an American city, according to law enforcement officials. ...

NIH quietly shelves gun research program
Posted: September 14, 2017


'Ghost guns' are easy to build, legal and completely untraceable
Posted: September 14, 2017

In just the past few years, the advancement and availability of milling and 3-D printing technology has made it easier than ever to build your own guns. While not illegal on the face of it, authorities have grown increasingly concerned about the potential for a growing black market that sidesteps state and federal gun laws regulating everything from background checks to banned weapons. ...

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