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18 Dec , 2016  

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The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia), December 18, 2016

Morgantown City Council will once again take aim at determining whether firearms should be allowed in municipal buildings, and if so, who should be permitted to carry them.

The issue is among those listed on the posted agenda for council’s Dec. 20 regular meeting.

In response to questions raised during a previous discussion of the topic, Interim City Manager Glen Kelly, with the assistance of Police Chief Ed Preston, compiled some data to assist council’s decision, including:. . .

— Information compiled by Kelly from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CRPC) indicating that 92 percent of mass public shootings between January of 2009 and July of 2014 took place in gun-free zones. . . .

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Florida Courier, Thursday, December 8, 2016; Louisiana Weekly, December 12, 2016

According to a July 2016 research paper by John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed handgun permits during President Obama’s tenure soared to 14.5 million, a 215 percent increase since 2007. The uptick, he noted, was largely driven by non-Whites whose permit-holding was increasing about 75 percent more than among Whites. . . .

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The Daily Caller, December 13, 2016

In fact, a recent report by the Crime Prevention Research Center found, not surprisingly, that concealed-carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding demographic of Americans today.. . . .

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Ammoland, Thursday, December 15, 2016

On 14 December, 2016, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court ruling in Silvester v. Harris. . . .

The panel reversed the district court’s bench trial judgment and remanded for entry of judgment in favor of the state of California in an action challenging a California law establishing a 10-day waiting period for all lawful purchases of guns.. . . .

The Crime Prevention Research Center filed an amicus breif in the orginal case. From the brief:

Despite assertions that the benefits from waiting periods and background checks are obvious, the complete lack of empirical studies to support those claims is stark. No evidence is offered that either of these laws reduce violent crime, nor that they reduce overall suicide rates. Even more striking, the discussions that Appellant and amici use are not relevant to the case before the court.

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The Daily Caller, December 12, 2016

The number of persons in the United States with concealed carry permits has reached an all-time high of close to 15 million. John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center explains:

“As of the beginning of this year, there were over 14.5 million concealed carry permits in the US. That represents a 215% increase in the number of permits since 2007. Since then there has been an increase of about 100,000 permits in just Florida alone, so the total is probably near to 15 million now. Yet, those numbers are clearly an underestimate of the number of people who can legally carry because there are 12 states now where you don’t need a permit to be able to carry, and while some people in those states still get a permit to be able to carry outside their state, the number of permits in these Constitutional Carry states does tend to fall.

“The biggest increases in permit have been for women and for minorities.  The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.  Some evidence suggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.”

As Dr. Lott mentions, this escalation is particularly compelling given the rising number of states that have adopted “permitless” concealed carry laws, with such laws passed recently in Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi and Idaho. More than six percent of adults in the United States have a permit to carry a concealed weapon; in ten states, more than ten percent of the adult population are concealed carry permit-holders. . . .

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Washington Free Beacon, Friday, December 9, 2016; Ammoland, Thursday, December 8, 2016

“With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, economist and author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies. . . .

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NRA-ILA December 16, 2016

Gun owners and gun-rights groups argued that in this case, the law was nothing more than a “wait for waiting’s sake.” The “cooling off” justification was irrelevant with respect to already-existing gun owners and holders of a valid COE (a certificate attesting that the person is eligible to possess or purchase a gun), and those with a CCW (a group statistically very unlikely to engage in acts of gun violence). As noted in a “friend of the court” brief filed by the Crime Prevention Research Center, there were no studies or evidence before the court that showed “waiting periods … reduce violent crime or suicides” or, more to the point, showed that a ten-day waiting period, when applied to the three categories of gun buyers, had any of the claimed public safety benefits. . . .

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Rare. Thursday, December 8, 2016

John Lott, economist and author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” also praised the group. “With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” he said. . . .

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Washington Examiner. Thursday, December 8, 2016

But the new caucus isn’t content to obstruct. They want further deregulation of the Second Amendment and they’ve called for backup. The group enlisted economist John Lott and Alan Gura, the lawyer who challenged Chicago and Washington, D.C.’s handgun bans at the Supreme Court. . . .


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