Among today’s highlights: Mayor Bloomberg; experts discussing assault weapons ban, universal background checks, gun violence and the seriously mentally ill, and personalized “smart” guns
January 14, 2013
To: Reporters, editors, producers; assignment desks
Alicia Samuels, Center for Gun Policy and Research [Mobile: 914-720-4635]
The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America convenes today [Monday, Jan. 14] and is available by webcast today and tomorrow for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.
Preventing gun violence involving the seriously mentally ill
Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University, 10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m. EST
Keeping guns from criminals: The role of universal background checks and other forms of firearm seller accountability
Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, 1:50 p.m.–2:10 p.m. EST
America’s experience with the federal assault weapons ban, 1994–2004: Key findings and implications
Christopher S. Koper, George Mason University, 3:55 p.m.–4:15 p.m. EST
Personalized guns: Using technology to save lives
Stephen P. Teret, Johns Hopkins University, 4:15 p.m.–4:35 p.m.
BACKGROUND: The Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysisis bringing together leading gun policy researchers from around the nation to share their latest findings. After a day and a half of presentations, they will meet together Tuesday afternoon to recommend specific federal gun policy action, informed by research, that would reduce violence, that have public support and that would not violate constitutional rights.
POST-SUMMIT NEWS CONFERENCE: The experts’ consensus recommendations for federal gun policy will be announced at a post-summit news conference at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The news conference also will be webcast here. Reporters covering the news conference by webcast may submit questions at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIAL MEDIA: The Twitter hashtag for the summit is #jhugunpolicy. You are invited to join the discussion.
SUMMIT PROCEEDINGS TO BE PUBLISHED: The papers presented at the summit and the final recommendations will be published in about two weeks in a book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by summit co-chairs Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The book will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. You may order copies now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.