This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the US. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations seek to inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.

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Reducing Gun Violence: What Works, and What Can Be Done Now

March 1, 2019

This report is organized around four categories of gun violence: suicides, everyday shootings, domestic violence involving firearms, and mass shootings. The report examines what we know about each category of gun violence, and it explores promising approaches that can be taken to prevent and reduce each type of gun violence. Another key finding is that reducing violence is not simply a matter for police to solve, or Con-gress, or the court system, or any one group of people. There are roles for everyone to take.

The Police Response to Active Shooter Incidents

March 1, 2014

There have been many active shooter incidents in the United States since Columbine, and police agencies continue to modify their policies and training to reflect the lessons that are learned from each new tragedy. This report summarizes the state of the field as of 2014. The Police Executive Research Forum conducted research on these issues and held a one-day Summit in Washington, D.C., in which an overflow crowd of more than 225 police chiefs and other officials discussed the changes that have occurred, and where they are going from here.

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Guns and Crime: Breaking New Ground By Focusing on the Local Impact

May 1, 2010

This report summarizes the results of a project that the Police Executive Research Forum undertook to explore issues of gun crime in the United States. To prepare for the Summit on Guns and Crime, PERF conducted a survey of all 270 primary police agencies serving cities of 100,000 or more people to explore the nature of their gun-related crime problems and the strategies they have undertaken to reduce shootings and crime. Nearly twothirds of these agencies (164) completed the survey.In addition, PERF conducted a survey of all 25 field divisions of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in order to gain their perspectives on the nature of the gun problem.

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