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Welcome to GVPedia, a project created to provide ready access to academic research and high quality data on gun violence. GVPedia is currently comprised of two main features:

The Study Database

The Database is a compendium of more than 700 academic studies analyzing a wide range of gun violence subjects. This collection of research can be searched by topic, author, journal, and year of publication. Each study is accompanied by an abstract, and hundreds of studies have the full text available for you to read.

GVP University

GVP University is an ever growing collection of white papers and fact sheets that will eventually cover every major topic in gun violence. Each white paper succinctly summarizes critical information on a subject, and each fact sheet highlights 5 salient facts. Combined, each white paper and fact sheet duo provide a jumping-off point to then explore each topic in greater detail with our Study Database.

Report: Concealed Carry Literature Review

By: GVP Admin | Posted on: Categories Concealed CarryTags ,

  • A naïve count analysis of academic studies
    from 1995-2018 indicates an evenly split literature on whether RTC Laws reduce,
    increase, or have no effect on crime.
  • Focusing on modern studies (post 2005)
    with a national scope reveals that a majority find that RTC Laws increase
  • There are an insufficient number of
    defensive gun uses for RTC laws to reduce crime through direct deterrence.
  • Indirect deterrence is highly implausible
    due to a lack of general knowledge about the distribution of permit holders.
  • There are an insufficient number of permit
    holder crimes for RTC laws to increase crime through direct escalation.
  • An increase in crime through indirect
    escalation is highly likely given the more than 200,000 gun thefts every year.
  • The modern academic literature and
    investigation of causal pathways both reinforce the conclusion that RTC laws
    likely increase crime, or at best have no net beneficial effect.

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White Paper: Stand Your Ground Laws

By: GVP Admin | Posted on: Categories Stand Your Ground

  •  A majority of states now have some form of Stand Your Ground Law
  • The most consistent finding of academic studies is that Stand Your Ground laws increase homicides
  • The overwhelming majority of academic studies find no deterrence effect on crime.
  • Stand Your Ground laws exacerbate racial discrepancies in whether a homicide is considered justifiable.
  • Most defendants in Stand Your Ground cases had previous criminal records, and many had been previously accused of violent crimes.
  • Most defendants could have safely retreated from the conflict without utilizing lethal force.


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