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

Massachusetts top court declares stun gun ban unconstitutional
Posted: April 20, 2018

The top court in Massachusetts on Tuesday struck down a state law that banned civilians from possessing stun guns, ruling unanimously that the law violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects Americans’ right to bear arms. ...

NRA praises new Nebraska law exempting gun records from disclosure
Posted: April 20, 2018

The National Rifle Association praised Nebraska lawmakers for limiting what information about gun owners was accessible under the state's public-records statutes. Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard introduced a measure (LB902) exempting information obtained by government agencies egarding firearm registration, possession, sale, or use that is obtained for purposes of an application permitted from the Nebraska Public Records Act. The bill passed ...

Gunmakers, with sales slumping at home, ready for eased export rules
Posted: April 20, 2018

U.S. gunmakers are on the verge of getting something they’ve wanted for a very long time: a streamlined process for exporting their handguns and rifles, including AR-15 assault-style weapons that have been the focus of national debate. Under a long-awaited rule the Trump administration is expected to propose within weeks, a large number of commercially available rifles and handguns would move off a munitions list controlled by the State Departm ...

Chicago's gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study
Posted: April 20, 2018

Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago’s 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday. ...

New Jersey lawmakers advance bill that bans manufacture of untraceable guns
Posted: April 17, 2018

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure to prohibit the purchase of firearms parts used to make untraceable weapons, or so-called ghost guns. The Democrat-led Senate law and public safety committee approved the measure Monday. The panel is also considering a half-dozen gun-control measures that have cleared the Democrat-controlled Assembly. ...

Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved. Web Design by: Island Blue