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

26 killed in church attack in Texas' deadliest mass shooting
Posted: November 6, 2017

A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. ...

Massachusetts becomes 1st state to ban bump stocks after Las Vegas massacre
Posted: November 6, 2017

Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito of Massachusetts signed a bill Friday, approved one day earlier by the state's Democrat-led Legislature, outlawing so-called bump stocks, accessories that allow semi-automatic firearms to mimic the rapid firing action of machine guns. Massachusetts is the first state to enact a ban on bump stocks in the wake of last month's shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern American history. ...

Unlocked and loaded (FL)
Posted: November 6, 2017

The Tampa Bay Times and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting spent 10 months examining thousands of law enforcement records to chronicle the extent of the stolen gun problem in the state. Those guns turn up in the hands of drug dealers and felons. Some wind up killing people. Since 2007, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen and never found. In Tampa Bay alone, at least 9,000 stolen guns are missing... ...

Shoppers pulled guns in response to Thornton Walmart shooting, but police say that slowed investigation (CO)
Posted: November 3, 2017

When a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in Thornton Wednesday night, shoppers screamed and ran for cover - and others pulled out their own handguns. But those who drew weapons during the shootings ultimately delayed the investigation as authorities pored over surveillance videotape trying to identify the assailant who killed three people, police said Thursday. ...

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