UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center Director Garen Wintemute Explains Focus On New Research Into Prevention Chris Remington Monday, August 7, 2017 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Semi-automatic handguns are on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Springfield, Ill.Seth Perlman / AP UC Davis Professor Garen Wintemute has become a national figure for his scientific research focused on gun violence prevention. This July, UC Davis opened a new Firearm Violence Research Center under Wintemute’s supervision. His research has become a point of controversy for those who see it as a tool to advocate for specific gun control policies. He explains what research is planned for the program and any backlash he’s faced with its opening.