Current Research Initiatives

This Center will conduct three primary activities: 1) Gun-related field research, including working with four police agency demonstration sites to design, implement, and test the effectiveness of gun violence reduction policies, programs, and strategies; 2) Research on youth gun violence, to determine how youths are obtaining guns; and 3) Real-time sharing and dissemination of information to the public, the news media, and police executives regarding the Center's findings.


Research Topics

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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 ...

School safety bill passes House, no action on gun control
Posted: March 15, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending more money on metal detectors, locks and other school security measures on Wednesday, but took no steps to tighten gun control laws a month after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people. ...

Rauner vetoes gun store licensing bill, saying it would 'do little to improve public safety'
Posted: March 14, 2018

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have required the state to license and regulate gun shops, drawing sharp criticism from Democrats who contended the decision was designed to appeal to conservative voters ahead of next week's primary election. Rauner called the proposal duplicative because the federal government already licenses firearms retailers. He said adding another layer of oversight would be costly for busine ...

Alabama 2-Year Old Kills His 1-Year-Old Brother in Accidental Shooting
Posted: March 14, 2018

A 2-year-old child killed his 1-year-old brother in an accidental shooting after finding his parents' loaded 9 mm pistol left out in their bedroom on Monday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama. That tragedy marked the 123 child under the age of 11 killed or wounded in gunfire since January 1, according to, which tracks shootings. It was also the second fatal shooting of a child shooting of that day. ...

They've had enough. Students across country walk out to demand new gun laws
Posted: March 14, 2018

In an unprecedented show of unity and political solidarity, waves of students marched out of class Wednesday to demand stricter gun laws and an end to school massacres. The National School Walkout took place across the country at 10 a.m. in each time zone. The protest was sparked by last month's school massacre in Florida and fueled by years of anger about what many say are inadequate gun laws. ...

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