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University of California Firearm Violence Research Center

by Bill Hayes

The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center examines what can be done about gun violence. The site further explains its purpose:

Firearm violence is a significant health and social problem in California and across the United States. The lack of basic information on the epidemiology of firearm violence and its prevention has led to widespread misunderstanding of the problem and has impeded prevention efforts. Evidence of the effects of state policies and programs for reducing firearm violence as well as basic information on benefits, risks, and prevalence of firearm ownership in California are also lacking.

The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) is the first state-funded center for firearm violence research, founded to address these gaps in knowledge on firearm violence and its prevention in July 2017.

UCFC, according to Section 14231 of the California Penal Code: the California Firearm Violence Research Act, will conduct interdisciplinary work to address:

1. The nature of firearm violence, including individual and societal determinants of risk for involvement in firearm violence, whether as a victim or a perpetrator.

2. The individual, community, and societal consequences of firearm violence.

3. Prevention and treatment of firearm violence at the individual, community, and societal levels. [more]