Center for Gun Violence Solutions
Solutions to Gun Violence
These policies focus on prevention strategies that, if implemented broadly, would significantly reduce gun-related death and injury.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions uses research to inform advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Our mission is to bridge the gap between researchers and lawmakers and enact evidence-informed policy to make gun violence rare and abnormal. Our Center, which is composed of research and advocacy experts, has several key policy and programmatic priorities.
Community Violence Intervention Gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color that have suffered from long-standing race-based redlining and disinvestment. Community violence intervention can significantly reduce gun violence in the most impacted communities.
Firearm Removal Laws Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Extreme Risk Protection Orders include mechanisms to temporarily remove firearms from individuals at risk for suicide or violence against others.
Permit to Purchase Laws Permit to Purchase Laws, or firearm purchaser licensing, which requires an individual to apply for and obtain a license before purchasing a firearm, is an effective policy to reduce many forms of gun violence.
Public Carry of Firearms Carrying firearms in public places can pose a serious threat to public safety. To reduce gun violence, policymakers should strengthen their concealed and open carry laws and repeal stand your ground laws.
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Life-saving solutions exist. We can make gun violence rare and abnormal.