Understanding Gun Possession Among Young Males

Study funded by the National Coalition on Gun Violence Research


To understand gun possession among young males living in urban areas with high rates of gun violence.

Without an understanding of why young 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 examines gun possession among 15-24 year old young men in four marginalized urban communities to gain a better understanding of gun possession from their perspective.

The sites and corresponding university leads are Houston, Texas (Texas Southern University), Wilmington, Delaware (Delaware State University); Baltimore, Maryland (Coppin State University); and Jackson, Mississippi (Jackson State University).

This project was funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research and overseen by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

About Us

Study Design

The study is comprised of two phases:

Phase 1

A quantitative secondary analysis of existing data sources.

Phase 2

Qualitative interviews of 400 young men who reside in historically under-resourced communities.

Academic Article

Journal of Crime and Delinquency


Project Lead


Doctoral Fellow

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