28 Dec , 2016

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States with larger percent black populations do seem to be seeing larger percent increases in background checks for guns

With gun sales continuing to increase after the November 8th general election, many have pointed to the increase in gun sales to blacks, though the evidence has been anecdotal.  NBC News contacted gun storeowners who reported seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers.  The National African-American Gun Association saw a 7% increase in members just over the Thanksgiving weekend.…

27 Dec , 2016

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CPRC’s Research Discussed in the Washington Times: “Study upends narrative of racist white officers”

This article appeared on Monday, December 26, 2016:

Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect.

Among a sample of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, the study found that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than the odds of a black suspect getting killed by a white officer.

23 Dec , 2016

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CPRC at National Review: “Hollywood’s Gun-Control Dud”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at National Review on what the movie Miss Sloane and the election results tell us about where the gun debate stands.  The piece starts this way:

Miss Sloane, a highly anticipated movie demonizing the NRA and calling for gun control, has bombed. The movie succeeded only in emphasizing the top-down nature of the gun-control campaign and how little intensity there is for more regulations.

20 Dec , 2016

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UPDATE: How badly did the gun control movie, Miss Sloane, end up doing? Fewer than 10 people per movie theater per day this past weekend

After its second full weekend of national release it is clear that the new gun control movie, Miss Sloane, will soon be yanked from most of the theaters showing it.  The movie has so far made $3.2 million, but its budget was reported $13 million.  In addition, they spent $15.9 million on television advertising.…

19 Dec , 2016

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Concealed Carry Permit Holders Getting Training Even When It Isn’t Required

While adopting Constitutional Carry in Idaho means that training is no longer mandated by state law, the Idaho Statesman has some interviews that show that even people who are carrying without a permit still feel the need to get training.  However, the benefit of not having the formal regulations on training means that the cost of training has probably gone down, and it can be done when it is most convenient.  …

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18 Dec , 2016

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CPRC in the News: Daily Caller (2), Washington Examiner, Washington Free Beacon, and many others

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.

18 Dec , 2016

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Five Defensive Gun Uses with Permitted Concealed Handguns over just four days, one example of media bias

The fourth case below provides and example of one of the very few defensive gun use cases that gets picked up by other media around the country.  It is also an example of media bias in terms of how these cases are covered as the reason it got extensive media coverage was because a bystander was wounded in the exchange.  …

17 Dec , 2016

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Review of “The War on Guns” at Breitbart: “The War on Guns will educate you and will then become a reference resource you will turn to again and again”

AWR Hawkins has a review of The War on Guns at Breitbart.

If you have ever thought it would be helpful to have a reference book you could flip through to quickly read up on the actual facts surrounding things like background checks, mass public shootings, stand your ground laws, etc., then John Lott Jr.’s newest book The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies is for you.

16 Dec , 2016

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CPRC at Fox News: “The real truth about Facebook’s ‘fake news’ filters”

Dr. John Lott as another piece at Fox News on some of the false statements that fact checkers have made about guns, crime, taxes, and vote fraud.

To protect Americans against “fake” news, Facebook will now use filters so that only “reputable” articles can appear at the top of users’ trending news stories. 

16 Dec , 2016

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Review of “The War on Guns” at Legal Insurrection: “masterfully researched book on guns, public policy & propaganda”

Andrew Branca has a review of Dr. Lott’s new book at Legal Insurrection.  The entire review is worth reading.  Here are a few select paragraphs from it.

For those of us in the gun rights and concealed carry community (and old enough to have been around) the 1990s was a pivotal decade.