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Rutgers: New Gun Violence Research

The New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research led by the Rutgers School of Public Health and School of Criminal Justice announced it is launching eight new studies on gun violence and prevention.

The research, led by faculty members from across Rutgers University, will explore correlations between mental health care spending and reductions in crimes committed with guns, examine the effectiveness of existing laws and policies in preventing firearm violence, and look at whether and how school building layouts can help prevent casualties in a shooting event, among other topics.

“New Jersey has been proud to lead the nation in the creation of a legal and policy framework to stem the tide of gun violence, and first among our efforts has been the Center on Gun Violence Research at Rutgers whose work fills the gap left by inaction at the federal level,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Through the Center’s groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of gun violence, we can take an informed, scientific approach to preventing the needless suffering and loss of life that plagues our communities. Our administration congratulates today’s grant recipients and looks forward to their research that can inform our gun violence prevention efforts.”

The New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research, funded in Fiscal Year 2019 by a $2 million appropriation of state funds through the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, is one of only two state-funded centers in the United States that conducts interdisciplinary research on the causes, consequences and solutions for gun-related violence.

Read more about a portion of the overall grant that will be used to fund eight research projects.

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