Understanding Gun Possession Among Young Black Males

Study funded by the National Coalition of Gun Violence Research

Purpose:  The primary goal of this study is to provide a contemporary understanding of gun possession among young Black males living in urban areas with high rates of gun violence.  Without an updated contemporary understanding of why young Black males choose to possess guns, how they view guns, and what their trigger points are – gathered from within their community – strategies to root out gun violence cannot target the true factors that lead to this violence. This multi-site study will examine gun possession among young Black males aged 15-24 in four marginalized urban communities to gain a better understanding of gun possession from their perspective.  The sites and corresponding HBCU's are Baltimore, Maryland (Coppin State University); Houston, Texas (Texas Southern University); Jackson, Mississippi (Jackson State University); and Wilmington, Delaware (Delaware State University).  

Study Design:  The study is comprised of two phases:  1) a quantitative secondary analysis of existing data sources; and, 2) a qualitative participant interview component.