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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.”
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.
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.