Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy


The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy (Consortium) includes the nation’s leading researchers, practitioners, and advocates in gun violence prevention, public health, law, and mental health. In the spring following the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, members of the Consortium met for a two-day conference to discuss research evidence and identify areas of consensus regarding risk factors for future violence. This initial meeting resulted in a commitment to advance evidence-based gun violence prevention policy recommendations through the newly formed Consortium.

Policymakers have relied on the Consortium’s recommendations to craft legislation and executive action which continue to shape the policy landscape of the gun violence prevention movement. One of the most widely known policies developed by the Consortium is the Gun Violence Restraining Order or Extreme Risk Protection Order policy, detailed in their report entitled “Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy.”

Mission Statement

The Consortium seeks to…

  • Synthesize and translate existing research and the best available scientific evidence to develop gun violence prevention policy recommendations, within constitutional limits, to address access to firearms by persons who are at an elevated risk for committing interpersonal violence or suicide;
  • Inform relevant stakeholders of these policy recommendations by developing educational materials, including reports and issue briefs; conducting public forums; and submitting expert testimony.


Relation between the Consortium and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, brought together experts for the first Consortium meeting in March of 2013. Although Mr. Horwitz helped organize the Consortium, the Consortium and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence are separate entities. Employees of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence provide staff support to the Consortium experts for Consortium projects.



Breaking Through Barriers: The Emerging Role of Healthcare Provider Training Programs in Firearm Suicide Prevention. September 2017.

Firearms Removal/Retrieval in Cases of Domestic Violence. February 2016.

Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy. December 2013.

Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for Federal Policy. December 2013. 


Academic Journal Articles

Horwitz, J., Grilley, A., & Kennedy, O. (2015). Beyond the Academic Journal: Unfreezing Misconceptions About Mental Illness and Gun Violence Through Knowledge Translation to Decision‐Makers. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 33(2-3), 356-365.

McGinty, E. E., Frattaroli, S., Appelbaum, P. S., Bonnie, R. J., Grilley, A., Horwitz, J., … & Webster, D. W. (2014). Using Research Evidence to Reframe the Policy Debate Around Mental Illness and Guns: Process and Recommendations. American Journal of Public Health, 104(11), e22-e26.




Why Didn’t Bizarre Behavior Block Man Accused in Lafayette Police Officer’s Death From Buying a Gun? May 26, 2018. The Advocate.

A Glimmer of Hope in the Political Impasse on Gun Control. March 23, 2018. The New Yorker.


Doctors Need More Training to Handle Patients at Risk of Gun Suicide, Reform Group Says. September 14, 2017. The Trace.

Removing Guns From Domestic Violence Situations Saves Lives. February 22, 2017. Huffington Post.

We Can Stop Gun Violence Without Blaming People Living With Mental Illness. February 17, 2017. Huffington Post.

The Ban on Mentally Ill People Buying Guns Wasn’t Ever Based on Evidence. February 10, 2017. Washington Post.


Temporary Restraining Orders Can Set Off Alleged Abusers. But Only 16 States Make Them Hand Over Their Guns. August 23, 2016. The Trace.

How to Protect Women. July 13, 2016. Five Thirty Eight.

A New Report Shows How Hard It Is to Keep Guns Away from Domestic Abusers. February 25, 2016. Vice.


Gun Myths Die Hard. October 27, 2015. Slate.

Myths about Mental Health and Violence, and What Makes Mass Shootings More Likely. October 5, 2015. Bangor Daily News.

Gun Control, Mental Illness, and Common Ground. September 14, 2015. Houston Chronicle.

Angry and Armed: How Some States Are Trying to Keep Guns Away from Volatile People. August 28, 2015. The Trace.

10 On Your Side Report: Armed and Mentally Ill. July 20, 2015. WAVY.

Guns And Public Health In New Mexico. March 16, 2015. KUNM.


Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health. June 10, 2014. Pro Publica.

Gun Laws: How Key States are Easing – or Tightening – Restrictions on Firearms. April 26, 2014. The Guardian.

Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough. January 7, 2014. Huffington Post.


It’s Time To Stop Blaming Mental Health For Mass Shootings. December 11, 2013. Media Matters.

Who Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Own a Gun? December 9, 2013. Bloomberg.

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