13 Feb , 2017

Anti-gun hysteria Prevents Even On-duty Sheriff from Carrying his Gun with Him at Spokane Arena

Presumably, it was just a matter of time.  Places such as the NFL have banned off-duty police from carrying guns at their games, even though there has never been a safety problem with an off-duty officer carrying at a game and they have been doing it as long as there has been an NFL.  …

11 Feb , 2017

CPRC on Indianapolis’ WIBC to discuss research on Supreme Court Nominees

Dr. John Lott talked to Todd Meyer on Indianapolis’ WIBC about what people should be looking for in judging the opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

(Saturday, February 3, 2017 from 1;35 to 1;46 PM)

10 Feb , 2017

New Hampshire set to be the 13th state with Constitutional Carry, still on track to get 16 to 17 states by end of year

With New Hampshire’s state House overwhelmingly passing Constitutional Carry, the bill his headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk for his signature. Sununu has already promised to sign the bill. The bill passed the state House by 200 to 97 after passing the state Senate on a party-line 13 to 10 vote.…

9 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the News Sentinel (Knoxville,TN): Gun-free zones easy targets for would-be killers

In a piece last Friday in the News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN), Mark Harmon, a professor of journalism at the University of Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee, had an article attacking Dr. John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Lott used the first part of his column as an opportunity to explain the dangers of gun-free zones, something that Harmon addresses only tangentially since his attack is really an attack on Lott and the CPRC.…

7 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the News: Washington Free Beacon, San Antonio Express-News, and other

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.

6 Feb , 2017

Video of Talk before Members of the Polish Parliament: Explaining the relationship between gun ownership and crime

Dr. John Lott talked to 20 members of the Polish Parliament and some staff with representatives from the three largest political parties.   The hour and 42 minute presentation dealt with the general relationship between guns and crime (the translation was not simultaneous so the talk was very slow).  The talk was originally sponsored by the third largest political party, Kukiz’15.…

6 Feb , 2017

With Stand Your Ground Laws being Debated Again in Florida, a primer on the topic

Florida is considering a bill that would strength its Stand Your Ground law.

One mother in Florida whose son was killed in a shooting is using that horrible incident to argue that Stand Your Ground laws should be reformed, though her son’s death was neither caused by the law or justified by it.…

6 Feb , 2017

CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily: Ending Obama’s Ban On Some Retirees From Owning Guns

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at Investor’s Business Daily on the congressional votes to end Obama’s ban on some retirees owning guns.  The piece starts this way:

Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama finalized new rules banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.

5 Feb , 2017

UPDATED: Accidental shootings on K-12 and University property by permit holders

We know of six cases: one involving a teacher at an elementary school and the other four at colleges and universities around the country.  (The CPRC earlier report on the revocation rate data for college age permit holders is available here.)

Here is the case involving K-12 schools:

The Associated Press has this story from 2014:

Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom agreed Wednesday to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.

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5 Feb , 2017

Evidence on Felons voting for Democrats

With the moves last year by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to give voting rights to 200,000 felons in his state and Maryland last year giving the right to vote to 40,000 felons after then are released from prison, the push by to give felons voting rights has been going on almost continually since the 2000 election.…