Aviation Pros, March 9, 2017 (Helping the media putting numbers in perspective by providing the total number of concealed handgun permit holders.)
Gun discoveries at the nation’s airports jumped 28 percent between 2015 and last year when 3,391 firearms made it to checkpoints in carry-on bags, an average of more than nine per day. Of those, 2,815 — 83 percent — were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 238 airports; 2 more airports than last year. . . .
Concealed handgun permits have soared 215 percent to over 14.5 million since 2007, according to a 2016 Crime Prevention Research Center report. No permit is required to carry a concealed handgun in at least 11 states.
TSA officers screened more than 738 million passengers during 2016, an increase of more than 43 million in 2015. Officers also screened 466 million checked bags and 24.2 million airport employees, according to TSA.
Unloaded firearms and ammunition is permitted in checked baggage, but must be declared and secured in a locked case. . . .
Dayton Daily News, March 8, 2017; Security Info Watch, March 9, 2017
The Crime Prevention Research Center estimates there are more than 12.8 million concealed handgun permits in the U.S., including about 500,000 in Ohio. That estimate is based on 2015 data compiled by the group founded by gun rights advocate John Lott. . . .
Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota), March 15, 2017
News-Register (Irving, Texas), March 9, 2017
“The idea is to make as much of the campus open to concealed hand guns,” said Dr. Timothy Gottleber, UNIX professor at NLC.
According to Crime Prevention Research Center, more than 14.5 million people in the United States are licensed to carry a concealed weapon. As of 2016, 369,117 licenses to carry were issued in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS).
More than 200 mass shootings have been recorded in the U.S. since 2007. At least 29 were committed by a person with a concealed carry permit. According to the TX DPS, in 2015, there has been 18 convictions of capital murder of multiple persons in the state. None of which were caused by a licensed handgun owner.
Crime Prevention Research Center lists at least 34 incidents where a concealed handgun permit holder has saved lives by stopping mass shootings or attacks. . . .
Capital Journal, March 2, 2017
But per capita, South Dakota leads all states by percentage of adults that have such a permit, except for Indiana which has a sliver of a percentage more, according to the pro-gun rights Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
American-News (Montevideo, Minnesota), March 2, 2017
According to a study published in July of 2016 by the Crime Prevention Research Center <crimeresearch.org/2016/07/newstudy>, “the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 14.5 million, a 215 percent increase since 2007.”
In 2015, “the number of concealed handgun permits set another record, increasing by 1.73 million.”
The study also noted that 6.06 percent of adults nationally have permits to carry. Also, between 2012 and 2016, “the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits,” according to the study.
The CPRC study also shows a correlation between the number of concealed handgun permits issued and an overall drop in the murder rate nationally. “Murder rates have fallen from 5.6 killings per 100,000 people to just 4.2, about a 25 percent drop.” . . .
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), March 1, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s reasoning to veto Constitutional Carry because of unintended consequences, citing public safety, is disingenuous at best. States “that allowed concealed carry without a permit had much lower murder and violent crime rates” according to the Crime Prevention Research Center study released in July 2015. . . .
Florida Weekly (Charlotte County, Florida), February 23, 2017
He attributed the figure to Dr. John R. Lott, an economist, expert on guns and crime, and Fox News columnist. Dr. Lott said that figure is true in Texas, but that “the gap in Florida is somewhat smaller.” Both groups committed crimes with their guns at exceedingly low rates, according to Dr. Lott’s research for his Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
Yahoo News!, February 23, 2017; Raw Story, February 23, 2017
The statistics from every crime study known to man, including the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program and Dr. John Lott’s exhaustive research for the Crime Prevention Research Center and for his book The War on Guns, demonstrate that from the time President Clinton signed the knee-jerk, feel-good, counterproductive, so-called assault weapons ban many years ago, nothing has changed in the use of all long guns, including every rifle and shotgun design there is. . . .
Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), February 26, 2017; Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, February 27, 2017
Gov. Daugaard’s reasoning to veto Constitutional Carry because of unintended consequences citing public safety is disingenuous at best. States “that allowed concealed carry without a permit had much lower murder and violent crime rates,” according to a Crime Prevention Research Center study released in July 2015.
AlphaNews, March 13, 2017
Minnesota is not alone in considering a “Constitutional carry” law. Twelve states have already passed similar provisions, and that number is expected to grow this year. The Crime Prevention Research Center predicts at least four more states will pass laws eliminating the need for a permit to carry. . . .
Legal Insurrection, February 23, 2017
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, only 1.6% of mass public shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have occurred in an area where firearms were allowed. The rest? You guess it — gun-free zones. . . .
PJ Media, February 27, 2017
I’ve been attending the Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC — since 2010, first as a newbie Tea Party activist, and over time, evolving into somewhat of a veteran of the political process. . . . That’s not to say it lacked interest. Radio Row had its regular share of visits from conservative rock stars, including Scott Walker, John Lott, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Sheriff Clarke, and even Dog the Bounty Hunter to add a little celebrity punch. . . .
Cape Gazette (Delaware’s Cape Region), March 6, 2017
Consider this overview from John R. Lott, Ph.D, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. His extensive research has found that since 1950, more than 98 percent of mass public shootings have been in gun-free zones. . . .
WHIO (Cleveland, Ohio), March 5, 2017
Guns.com, March 8, 2017
President of Crime Prevention Research Center Dr. John Lott, Jr., is blasting lawmakers for raising handgun permit fees in Connecticut, arguing the hikes will endanger the poor who may no longer be able to afford guns.
In a Hartford Courant opinion piece, Lott calls out Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for proposing to raise initial handgun permit fees from $140 to $370, which would be the highest initial fee in the country. There would also be a $300 renewal fee gun owners would have to pay every five years.
Lott argues poor minorities will suffer the most from these hikes, as many would no longer be able to afford to legally purchase firearms. Poor people living in crime-ridden areas are especially in need of guns, Lott argues, as police cannot be everywhere at once to protect them.
Lott also attacks Democratic lawmakers in Colorado for not voting to exempt people living below the poverty line from taxes on private gun transfers and calls out Democrats in general for not supporting the production of inexpensive handguns, which Lott says are favored by gun owners on a tight budget. . . .
Guns.com, March 15, 2017
[G.C. Gates, editor of NevadaCarry.org] continued: “The facts are plain; there is no rational reason to prohibit legally armed adults from carrying self-defense handguns on campus. In particular, the work of Dr. John Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center proves this. The merits against campus carry are demonstrably false and every argument used to defeat them can be used to defeat SB 115.”
Lott is a favorite among gun rights groups for his research linking lower crime rates to concealed carry laws. Gun control advocates pan his expertise and remain critical of his research methodology.
His research shows of the 14.5 million concealed carry permit holders across the United States, revocation rates for those permits are rare — occurring at “rates of tenths or hundredths of one percent.”
Losing a permit over a firearm-related incident is rarer still, Lott said, occurring at “rates of thousandths or tens of thousandths of one percent.”
He most recently debated with an Ohio lawmaker in December via editorials as the state considered a campus carry law.
“Gun-free zones are magnets for murderers,” he wrote. “Even the most ardent gun-control advocate would never put ‘Gun-Free Zone’ signs on their home. Let’s stop putting them elsewhere.” . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, March 11, 2017
“I suppose that they think that they can scare people enough to prevent passage of laws that allow people to carry guns for protection.” — Author and researcher John Lott, discussing Right-to-Carry naysayers in an A1F Daily Q&A.
Guns Magazine, March 7, 2017
Of the millions who do carry, most will never need to draw against a criminal opponent. Of those who do have to draw, the exhaustive research of Professor John Lott, Professor Gary Kleck, and others indicate they won’t have to shoot anyone: the presentation of the gun by the Good Guy, far more often than not, causes the Bad Guy to surrender or flee. . . . .
The Truth about Guns.com, March 10, 2017
Quotes extensively from Dr. Lott’s op-ed in the Hartford Courant.