12 Feb , 2016

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New CPRC Study: Comparing the views of Economists and Criminologists on gun control

Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Beedie School of Business, and John Lott have a new survey of academic criminologists and economists who have done empirical research on guns that has some very interesting results.  A copy of the survey is available here.

Abstract

Economists and Criminologists have very different models of human behavior.

11 Feb , 2016

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CPRC at Investors Business Daily: “Even Liberal Academics Are Turning Pro-Gun Ownership”

John Lott’s latest piece at Investors’ Business Daily:

From the left and right, people are bombarded with diametrically opposing claims on guns.  But most of this bombardment isn’t coming from the National Rifle Association.

Michael Bloomberg is spending far more money — hundreds of millions of dollars — trying to convince Americans that guns should be kept out of the hands of even law-abiding citizens.

11 Feb , 2016

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CPRC’s Testimony before the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee on four bills dealing with eliminating gun-free zones



On Tuesday, February 9th, CPRC President John Lott testified on four bills seeking to limit gun-free zones (SB 1559 (Senator Mike Bell), SB 1736 (Senator Delores Gresham), SB 1991 (Judiciary Committee Chairman Kelsey), and SB 2376 (Senator Mike Bell)).  The video of Lott’s testimony is well worth watching and it provided powerful evidence on how killers plan these attacks and how mass public shooters are attracted to these targets.  …

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11 Feb , 2016

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Concealed handgun permit holder in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania saves police officer from mob attack

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania police are grateful to a concealed handgun permit holder who stepped in and kept an officer from harm by a mob of 40 to 50 high school students.  The first officer suffered “significant hand injuries” and a second officer who came to rescue the first officer suffered “a major injury to a leg.”  The first officer was in real danger significantly greater harm before the permit holder intervened with his permitted concealed handgun.  …

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10 Feb , 2016

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CPRC on the Michigan Talk Network with Steve Gruber: 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Maryland’s ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and large capacity magazines

John Lott talked to Steve Gruber on the Michigan Talk Network about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Maryland’s ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and large capacity magazines (Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 7:45 to 7:51 AM).

10 Feb , 2016

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UPDATED: Man with concealed handgun permit saves life of woman who was being stabbed



Valet attendant Didarul Sarder’s quick action to pull out his permitted concealed handgun saved a woman’s life.  From the CBS WWJ in Detroit about a case in Warren, Michigan:

. . . The situation unfolded around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the GM campus in Warren, which stretches from Van Dyke Avenue to Mound Road and from 12 Mile Road to 13 Mile Road.

9 Feb , 2016

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CPRC on The Dana Show: “Supreme Court likely to hear new ‘assault weapons’ ban case”


John Lott talked to Dana Loesch about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act (Monday, February 8, 2016 from 6:40 to 6:48 PM EST).  The case seems destined to reach the Supreme Court.

8 Feb , 2016

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Yet more evidence that terrorists pick gun-free zones to attack

Could this statement be any clearer?  From ClickonDetroit:

Abu-Rayyan posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.” . . .

“It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.

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8 Feb , 2016

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Strikes down semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act, seems destined to reach the Supreme Court

A new ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals conflicts the rulings in other Circuit Courts and seems likely to force the Supreme Court to address this issue.

. . . In a 2-1 decision applauded by gun rights advocates, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act “are in common use by law-abiding citizens.” As a result, they don’t fall under the exception to the right to bear arms that applies to “unusual” weapons such as machine guns and hand grenades, the court said.

7 Feb , 2016

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CPRC on the Michigan Talk Network with Steve Gruber: On Obama’s push to make military firearms less lethal

John Lott talked to Steve Gruber about President Obama’s order to the military firearms less lethal (Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:45 to 6:52 AM).