Gun Violence Prevention

Firearm-related injury and death is a preventable public health crisis. It has a disparate impact on vulnerable communities, and beyond its immediate destruction of life, this violence has long-lasting effects—permanent physical and psychological stressors—that lead to inequitable health outcomes.

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all is a priority for our communities, and NACCHO supports a comprehensive public health approach to address gun violence, including implementing expanded background checks, banning assault rifles, and supporting early intervention programs for families and schools. Local health departments play an important role in preventing intentional and unintentional firearm-related injury and death, and NACCHO is committed to providing resources, training, and guidance to local health departments to support their response to this ongoing public health crisis.

Despite the overwhelming nature of the problems, NACCHO believes there is a solution we can achieve together—a better future for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

NACCHO's Injury & Violence Prevention (IVP) program has created a compilation of existing resources to help local health departments prevent various types of fatal and non-fatal firearm injuries, including interpersonal violence, community violence, and suicide.

Title Topic Resource Type Source
Mass Shooting Playbook Emergency Response Website Public Health Advocacy Institute
Understanding the Causes of School Violence Using Open Source Data Data & Evaluation Database National Institute of Justice
President Biden’s Historic Actions to Make Our Communities Safer by Reducing Gun Crime Emergency Response Fact Sheet The White House
Gang Alternative Program Community Violence Interventions Website Gangfree Life
Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Implementation in a Social Justice Context Lethal Means Report Northeaster University School of Law
Law Enforcement Approaches For Reducing Gun Violence Policing & Criminal Investigation Journal Article Gun Policy In America
Pre-Release and Post-Incarceration Services(PAPIS) Grant Program Supports for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Guidelines Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Miami-Dade County Juvenile Weapons Offenders Program Youth Gun Violence Report Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open
Group violence intervention: An implementation guide Community Violence Interventions Guidelines National Network For Safe Communities
A descriptive exploration of the geographic and sociodemographic concentration of firearm homicide in the United States, 2004-2018 Data & Evaluation Journal Article National Library Of Medicine
Evidence-based policing platform boosts state police effectiveness Policing & Criminal Investigation Journal Article Government Computer News
Precision Policing 2.0: A Framework for the Future of Policing Policing & Criminal Investigation Guidelines University of Cincinnati - ICS
A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Gun Violence: NIBIN Comes of Age (Just in Time) Policing & Criminal Investigation Database Public Safety Research Center
What Should Mayors Do In The Aftermath of a Mass Shooting? Emergency Response Journal Article Northeastern University
Which gun violence prevention federal grant program is right for my organization? Community Violence Interventions Toolkit Everytown Support Fund
Title Topic Resource Type Source
Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: A Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community Safe Storage & Safety Devices Toolkit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Means Matter Safe Storage & Safety Devices Website Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Gun Shop Project Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Campaign Harvard School of Public Health
Reduce Access To Means Of Suicide Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Website Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Prevent Firearm Suicide Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Website The Educational Fund To Stop Gun Violence
Clinical Strategies For Reducing Firearm Suicide Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Journal Article BioMed Central
Three Interventions Toolkit Safe Storage & Safety Devices Toolkit Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Guideline/Framework CDC
Title Topic Resource Type Source
Study Guide - Self Control And Target Identification Sport shooting/Hunting Guidelines Hunter-Ed
Project ChildSafe Safe Storage & Safety Devices Website Project ChildSafe
Unintentional Shootings Data & Evaluation Website The Educational Fund To Stop Gun Violence
Preventable Tragedies Safe Storage & Safety Devices Report EveryTown Research
Be SMART Safe Storage & Safety Devices Framework Be SMART
Unload, Lock, and Separate Safe Storage & Safety Devices Fact Sheet EveryTown Research
Safe Storage of Firearms Safe Storage & Safety Devices Training American Academy of Pediatrics
Title Topic Resource Type Source
Gun Violence Prevention General Website American Psychological Association
Gun Violence Must Stop: Here's What We Can Do to Prevent More Deaths General Guidelines Prevention Institute
Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool for Gun Violence Prevention General Toolkit Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool for Gun Violence Prevention
Sociodemographic Factors and Outcomes by Intent of Firearm Injury General Journal Article American Academy of Pediatrics
Key facts about Americans and guns General Report Pew Research Center
Firearm Injury in the US: Where to go next General Journal Article Public Safety Research Center

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