31 Dec , 2015

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CPRC on KABC in Los Angeles to discuss California’s new gun control laws

John Lott appeared on the giant 50,000 Watt KABC in Los Angeles to discuss two new California gun control laws.  One that will ban concealed handgun permit holders from carrying their guns on school property and the other one dealing with removing guns from people viewed as mentally ill.  Lott was on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 from 10:16 to 10:26 AM EST.…

30 Dec , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “Open carry comes to Texas: Why the Lone Star state will be safer in 2016”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

With about 900,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a Lone Star State grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun.  Starting Friday, Texas will join 44 other statesthat already allow people to openly carry handguns throughout the state.

27 Dec , 2015

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CPRC in the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune: (Gun-free Zones are) Magnets for murderers

CPRC’s John Lott and Michael R. Gordinier, a senior lecture at the Washington University Business School, had a piece in Sunday’s Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri) in response to

Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets.

26 Dec , 2015

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Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Stop Four Violent Crimes in Five Days

Macon, Georgia, December 26, 2015:

A Warner Robins man told police that he shot and killed a man who tried to rob him.

According to police, it happened around 8:10 p.m. on Christmas night on the 100 block of Oakridge Drive.

. . . Antonio Bagley, 29, told [police] Jerrell Walker tried to rob him so he fired his pistol at him. 

26 Dec , 2015

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CPRC’s work on expanded background checks discussed in the Sunday Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Colin McNickle has this piece in the Sunday Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

In its latest installment in a crusade to rid America of firearms, The New York Times “reports” on a “study” that purports to show how, in the first six years after Missouri “repealed the requirement for comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, the gun homicide rate was 16 percent to 18 percent higher than it was the six years before.”

Oh, what an indictment, eh?

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24 Dec , 2015

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CPRC’s John Lott continued debate with Gary Kleck over his attacks on “More Guns, Less Crime”

In mid-November John Lott got into an exchange with Gary Kleck about “More Guns, Less Crime.”  This took place after other Kleck statements to the media about me.

In the new discussion, Gary continues to go out of his way to engage in personal attacks on Lott: “he instead invents a distorted straw man,” “presents a fantasy version,” “Lott’s version of economic theory is one that has been dead for decades,” “One of Lott’s many errors is to blindly assume,” “In his efforts to distort my positions .…

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23 Dec , 2015

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Battle over where permit holders can carry their guns at the University of Texas at Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion on Texas’ new law that allows carrying concealed handguns on college campuses.  Some public universities, in particular the University of Texas at Austin, have already made initial recommendations.  The most important parts of the opinion are:

“. . . attending or teaching class is the primary reason most individuals are on campus.  

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22 Dec , 2015

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CPRC on the Michael Dukes Show: Explaining the so-called “explosion” of firearms at airports

John Lott talked to Michael Dukes about the claimed “explosion of firearms at airports” and Obama’s push for expanded background checks on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 10:35 to 10:45 AM.

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22 Dec , 2015

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CPRC on Slate’s The Gist to discuss whether concealed carry has helped armed civilians defend themselves against mass public shootings

John Lott talked to Mike Pesca about whether conceal-and-carry has helped armed civilians defend themselves against mass public shootings (Monday, December 21, 2015, podcast).  Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

19 Dec , 2015

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Four Concealed Handgun Permit Holders use their guns to stop violent crimes in the last week

Calumet City, Illinois, December 17, 2015

A Calumet City resident prevented a gunmen from robbing him by pulling out his gun and firing it at the would-be robber, Midlothian police reported.

The 68-year-old man, who has a concealed-carry gun permit, told police that a man tried to rob him and his 9-year-old son Dec.