Violence Policy Center

Research, Investigation, Analysis & Advocacy for a Safer America

aka VPC   |   Washington, DC   |  www.vpc.org

Mission

In 2016, guns killed more than 38,000 Americans. Since 1988 the Violence Policy Center (VPC) has worked to stop gun violence through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. Approaching gun violence as a public health issue, as opposed to solely a crime issue, the VPC informs the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives, exposes the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby, offers unique technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels, and works for policy changes that save lives. The VPC firmly believes the answer to reducing gun violence lies in applying the decades-long lessons of public health injury prevention and consumer product safety regulation.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. Josh Sugarmann

Main address

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1210

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-1571442

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

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Reducing Gun Violence Through Research, Public and Policymaker Education, and Advocacy

The VPC conducts research and educational activities on violence and related issues, including: the impact of firearms violence on specific populations, such as youth, women, and minorities; the link between firearms availability and rates of mortality and morbidity; and, the increasing lethality of weapons marketed by the firearms industry to the civilian population. VPC research shapes public debate and guides policymaking. Some highlights resulting from the VPC's work include: dramatically reducing the number of illegitimate gun dealers in the U.S.; terminating a federal program that re-armed convicted, often violent, felons at taxpayer expense; passing the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, which bans gun possession by individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes; first identifying the threat posed by gun shows as a source of criminal gun trafficking; and, working to protect the legal rights of the victims of firearms violence and defective firearms.

The VPC is also a leading resource for the press and is cited hundreds of times each year in leading publications and news outlets. At the state and local levels, VPC state-based studies looking at such issues as murder-suicide, female homicide victimization, black homicide victimization, Hispanic victimization, and other violence-related issues increase public awareness and focus press attention on gun violence in areas of the country where policy issues regarding gun death and injury are less often addressed. At the same time, the VPC works with national and local organizations with interests beyond firearms death and injury to build the broadest possible base of support for violence prevention.

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as of 4/29/2019
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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
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    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
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