Daily Post (Los Alamos, New Mexico), February 6, 2017
Persons supporting this bill have have argued that this bill would prevent violent gun crimes. Let’s look at the crime statistics from states that have adopted similar legislation. Dr. John Lott Jr., found in his research, that these states have an increase in their murder rates of 49 percent and robberies increased by 75 percent.
It is the position of the New Mexico Sheriffs Association that these bills would be un-enforceable without creating a gun registry. . . .
The Washington Free Beacon, February 2, 2017
Documents submitted by county police to the state’s Department of the Attorney General show that every application by a private citizen for a concealed-carry permit was denied in 2016. That makes Hawaii the only state in the country not to issue even a single concealed-carry permit last year.
“All other states have issued permits,” said Dr. John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which tracks the number of gun-carry permits across the country. “The next lowest state is New Jersey with about 1,200 permits, but half of those are issued to judges and retired police officers. Even D.C. last year had 74 permits for civilians being able to carry.” . . .
KBZK TV Channel 7 (Bozeman, MT), KXLF TV Channel 4 (Butte, MT), January 27, 2017
Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-Kalispell, said he would support allowing anyone who qualifies for open and concealed carry to have guns on state property. But he says getting support for that would be unlikely.
“The first thing that we need to do is start with who is the most vulnerable,” Brodehl said. “And in the Capitol, I think legislators are.”. . .
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, in 18 state Capitols, the public, legislators, and/or employees are allowed to carry firearms in one way or another. . . .
San Antonio Express-News, January 25, 2017
Across the nation handgun license holders is steadily increasing and as of July 2016, the Crime Prevention Research Center analyzed concealed-carry permits and found that from 2007-2015, permits issued to nonwhite Americans increased about 75 percent faster than those issued by state and local governments to white Americans. . . .
Mountain View Telegraph, February 3, 2017
In addition to the burdens they would place on law-abiding citizens and law enforcement, SB 48 and HB 50 will not reduce crime. Criminals rarely obtain firearms through legal channels. Leading economist and criminologist professor John Lott found in his research that murders are 49 percent higher and robberies are 75 percent higher in states with expanded background checks. This sounds like a high price to pay for the illusion of public safety and further infringement on citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.
Heath White is the Torrance County sheriff. . . . .
Bearing Arms, January 31, 2017
The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) has periodically conducted research on mass shootings to see where the United States falls in terms of these massacres. In a newly-released report, CPRC has concluded that:
All but one of the 20 worst mass public shootings took place outside of the United States
45 of the 50 worst mass public shooting took place outside of the United States . . .