Research on firearms


Does gun ownership increase homicide and suicide rates? Are many popular violence-control measures truly effective? Gun ownership and proposals for gun control are among the most contentious issues in American politics. Similarly, there is little consensus about the conclusions of existing scientific research on firearms. FIREARMS AND VIOLENCE: A CRITICAL REVIEW, a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council, assesses the quality of existing research on firearms violence and on strategies to prevent and control it. The report will be released at a one-hour news conference.


11 a.m. EST, Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Lecture Room of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast of the briefing and submit questions using an e-mail form at (The webcast requires RealPlayer software, available free at For more information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Web site.)

REPORTERS: OBTAIN A COPY OR REGISTER TO ATTEND by contacting the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail [email protected]. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 9 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 16. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 11 A.M. EST ON DEC. 16.

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