The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

March 2023

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



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This month we are featuring Anthony Braga and Philip Cook’s book “Policing Gun Violence”. Drawing on fifty years of research and practical experience, Policing Gun Violence argues that it is possible for the police to create greater public safety while respecting the rights of individuals and communities.


The authors argue that law enforcement are the primary agency tasked with controlling gun violence, both as part of their general responsibility for promoting public safety and for enforcing laws restricting gun transactions, possession and carrying.  In this book, they state that more effective policing is key to the success of any effort to reduce community gun violence.  The stakes are high, considering gun violence disproportionately affect people of color and is highly concentrated in Black and brown communities.


These challenges open a series of important questions: how can police departments find the right balance between over- and under- policing of high-violence areas?   What does the evidence say is the best practices for police to preempt and deter gun violence, while engendering support and cooperation from the public?  Bringing together policy evidence and proactive strategies, Anthony Braga and Philip Cook’s book suggest an approach to reducing gun violence through law enforcement strategies.



  • RAND Corporation interactive web-based tool on Visualizing Firearm Mortality and Law Effects.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released an expansive federal report on guns used in crimes





Betz ME, Stanley IH, Buck-Atkinson J, Johnson R, Bryan CJ, Baker JC, Bryan AO, Hunter K., & Anestis MD. (2023). Firearm Owners’ Preferences for Locking Devices: Results of a National Survey. Annals of Internal Medicine.  


Cloud LK, Prood N, & Ibrahim J. (2023). Disarming intimate partner violence offenders: an in-depth descriptive analysis of federal and state firearm prohibitor laws in the United States, 1991-2016. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 


Ellyson AM, Martin KD, Bowen D, Gallagher A, & Rivara FP. (2023). Implicit racial and gender bias about handguns: A new implicit association test. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Kagawa RMC, Charbonneau A, McCort C, McCourt A, Vernick J, Webster D, Wintemute GJ. Effects of Comprehensive Background-Check Policies on Firearm Fatalities in 4 States. American Journal of Epidemiology.


Shayan M, Lew D, Mancini M, Foraker RE, Doering M, & Mueller KL. (2023). A systematic review of recurrent firearm injury rates in the United States. Preventive Medicine.  


Wilson RF, Fortson BL, Zhou H, Lyons BH, Sheats KJ, Betz CJ, Blair JM, & Self-Brown S. (2023). Trends in homicide rates for US children aged 0 to 17 years, 1999 to 2020. JAMA Pediatrics.  


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