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Gun Violence

Executive Order 2019-06

Signed into effect by Governor Tom Wolf on August 16, 2019, Executive Order 2019-06 tasks state agencies with working together to identify and implement evidence-based initiatives to help address the public health and public safety crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania.

The Order established entities within state government to support these efforts, including an Office of Gun Violence Prevention at PCCD and a Division of Violence Prevention at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Governor's Executive Order also named PCCD's Chairman as a senior advisor charged with coordinating and facilitating gun violence reduction efforts in the Commonwealth. 

Finally, the Governor's Executive Order also created an 18-member Special Council on Gun Violence within PCCD charged with identifying recommendations to reduce incidents of gun violence within the Commonwealth.

Office of Gun Violence Prevention

PCCD's Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) is housed within the agency's Office of Justice Programs. The mission of OGVP is to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by supporting state and community decisionmakers and leaders, advancing knowledge and understanding through data and research, and investing in effective prevention and intervention strategies.

OGVP’s work is guided by the Report of Findings, Recommendations & Action Steps developed by the Governor’s Special Council on Gun Violence and published in March 2020. (See the “Special Council on Gun Violence” tab for more information about the Special Council and its work.)

Among its responsibilities, the Office is charged with coordinating a system of focused police deterrence in neighborhoods and cities where violence is most extreme. The Office also works with other Commonwealth agencies and stakeholders on community gun violence prevention, lost/stolen firearms reporting, and other initiatives.

OGVP’s priorities include:

  1. Funding: Supporting adoption and implementation of innovative, evidence-based violence reduction strategies through grants, with a focus on Pennsylvania’s most at-risk communities.
  2. Technical Assistance & Stakeholder Engagement: Establishing a “Community of Practice” and information sharing network to spread promising practices and directly engage communities.
  3. Data and Research: Collect, collate, and analyze available data and research to evaluate outcomes and make adjustments to strategy as needed.

More information about PCCD's initiatives in each of these areas is available in the tabs at the top of this page.

If you have a question or would like more information about PCCD's Office of Gun Violence Prevention, please email

Other Resources and Information

Meetings and Hearings

Special Council Meeting​Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Regional Hearing – Reducing Likelihood of Accidental Shootings​Friday, November 15, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA
Regional Hearing – Combating Mass Shootings ​Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Regional Hearing – Preventing Suicide by Firearms ​Friday, November 22, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Board Room, York City School District Administration Building, 31 N. Pershing Avenue, York, PA
Regional Hearing – Preventing Domestic Violence-Related Shootings ​Monday, November 25, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Regional Hearing – Reducing Community Gun Violence ​Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, 3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 1 to 3 p.m.​Dixon University Center, 2986 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA

​Special Council Meeting

​Friday, October 9, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

​Virtual (Skype)

​​Special Council Meeting

Friday, April 30, 2021
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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