Center for Violence Prevention Research

VIDEO: Understanding gun violence

To get a better understanding of why there’s been an increase in shootings this summer, KCRA spoke to Dr. Garen Wintemute with the UC Davis Center for Violence Prevention Research. 

Over 23K Gun Owners in California are Banned from Possessing Firearms But Still Do

California is one of 20 states that allow gun restraining orders, in which the government can take away a person’s firearm if they’re believed to be a threat to themselves or others. The California program, known as the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, boasts a relatively small staff of law enforcement officials, which has made it difficult to keep up with the growing list.

Can new gun violence research find a path around the political stalemate?

Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, said he lost grant money after the Dickey Amendment was enacted. In the two decades that followed, he said, his work has been supported by the state of California, by foundations, as well as the N.I.H., which was not specifically named in the Dickey Amendment, and the Justice Department. He said he had also spent a little more than $2 million of his own money to continue the work.