Background

The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy (Consortium) includes many of the nation’s leading researchers and academics in gun violence prevention, public health, law, and behavioral health. In March of 2013, members of the Consortium met for a two-day conference to discuss research evidence and identify areas of consensus. This initial meeting resulted in a commitment to advance evidence-based gun violence prevention policy recommendations through the newly formed Consortium.

Since its initial meeting, the Consortium has published reports on evidence-based recommendations for state and federal policy, best practices for firearm removal in cases of domestic violence, and lethal means safety counseling for firearm suicide prevention. The Consortium continues to convene and develop evidence-based gun violence prevention policies. In turn, policymakers have come to rely upon the Consortium’s recommendations to craft legislation and executive action which continue to shape the policy landscape of the gun violence prevention movement.

Mission Statement

The Consortium seeks to:

  1. 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 attempting suicide; and
  2. 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

Josh 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.