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Feds seek proposals from researchers to study guns and violence

9-mm-gun-01NIT – As public shootings continue to plague the country, and murders and injuries involving guns have now become commonplace in most big cities, the federal government wants to find researchers who will study gun violence and how prevention programs may or may not prevent it.

According to a solicitation sent Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for research on firearms and violence in the United States.

According to the Department of Justice, more research is needed on the criminal use of firearms, gun violence, and the relationship between guns and public safety.

The goals and objectives of the research project are to shed light on the relationship between guns and violence by examining gun violence prevention programs based on general prevention theory, the effects of criminal justice interventions on reducing gun violence, improving data systems for studying gun violence, illicit gun markets, and the effects of firearm policies and legislation on public safety.

Up to a total of $1.5 million may become available for one or more awards under this solicitation, it was reported, with a proposed start date of January 1, 2015.

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