National Collaborative awards $7.5 million for gun policy research

National Collaborative awards $7.5 million for gun policy research

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research has announced second-round grants totaling $7.5 million.

The awards include support for nine research projects, five dissertations, and one white paper. Topics to be investigated include officer-involved shootings, intimate partner gun violence, and the risks and benefits of gun ownership and use. With support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, grants totaling $1.95 million were awarded to four projects focused on gun violence in the Show-Me state, which has one of the nation's highest rates of gun violence. Funded projects include a study of data representing seventy-two hundred incidents of officer-involved shootings as well as interviews with thirty law enforcement agencies with high numbers of officer-involved shootings; an expansion of the California Health Interview Survey in 2021 and 2022 to fill critical data gaps for risk factors related to gun suicide and urban gun violence among youth and young adults, veterans, immigrants, and LGBT people; and an exploration of whether gun-free zones in St. Louis reduce or increase gun violence.

Established in 2018 with $20 million from Arnold Ventures, the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research also receives support from Wells Fargo, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

"We must answer the question: What works and what doesn't to reduce gun violence?" said the organization's director, Andrew Morral. "The projects we have funded through the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research highlight many of the areas where more and better research is needed to effectively support development of policies that will save lives."