Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research began in 1995 with funding from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago. It is dedicated to reducing gun violence by providing information on firearm injuries and gun policy; by developing, analyzing, and evaluating strategies to prevent firearm injuries; and by conducting public health and legal research to identify gun policy needs. Recently, the Center published an annotated bibliography on firearm violence, and a model State law on "personalized" handguns. Personalized handguns, or "smart" guns, are handguns that, through various technologies, can be fired only by authorized users; smart guns can reduce the incidence of teenage suicide, unintentional shootings, and the use of stolen firearms.