22 Nov , 2015

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Surge in applications for concealed handgun permits since Paris Terrorist Attack

Currently there are about 13 million concealed handgun permits in the US, about 5.2% of the adult population.  With people thinking of the terrorist attacks in Paris, there has been a significant increase in applications for concealed handgun permits.  But even a doubling of permits will leave the US well below the percent of the adult population in Israel with permits, but it would still increase the odds that someone would be available to stop a killer intent on killing many people.…

5 Nov , 2015

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Victim in UC Merced Mass Stabbing now supports Concealed Carry

From Breitbart.com (November 5, 2015):

Byron Price, the construction worker who intervened to save a student under attack at University of California Merced on November 4, says he now views concealed carry “differently” and wants to get a permit to carry a gun.

Breitbart News previously reported that Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke identified Wednesday’s mass stabber as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, a freshman from Santa Clara.

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21 Oct , 2015

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Gallup: By a 56 to 41 Percent Majority, Americans Believe that More People Carrying Concealed Handguns make US Safer

For almost all categories of Americans, there is significant support for the notion that allowing people to carry permitted concealed handguns makes Americans safer.  Only Democrats and those with a post-graduate education do not believe this, but that doesn’t mean that these individuals believe that carrying represents a risk.  If the question were asked whether allowing people to carry concealed handguns either made us safer or had no effect, it is possible that the results would be even more overwhelming (after all while the vast majority of research finds that concealed handgun laws improve safety, no peer-reviewed research by criminologists or economists find that it increases murder, rape or robbery rates).  …


12 Aug , 2015

lancasteronline Special Report on Concealed Carry

CPRC in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania newspaper: Special Report on Concealed Carry

LNP (the newspaper for Lancaster, Pennsylvania) has a large news special on concealed handguns in the state.  This is from part of the article (an online poll is available here):

. . . John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, is the author of “More Guns, Less Crime” and one of the nation’s foremost gun researchers.


16 Jul , 2015

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CPRC Research in the News: Fox News, Washington Times, Hot Air, and others

A Fox News article titled “Concealed-carry handgun permits soar as murder rate drops, study claims” has this report on our new study:

A report from a prominent economist finds that the number of permits to carry concealed handguns has skyrocketed by 178 percent in the last eight years, even as the murder rate has dropped.


16 Jul , 2015

Map for 2015 Report

New Study: Over 12.8 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw by far the largest increase ever in the number of permits

The new report is available here.  Part of the executive summary is shown here:

Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:

  • The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate.


31 May , 2015

Texas joins 12 other states that allow permitted concealed handguns on college campuses, copy of final bill available here

By a 98-47 vote the Texas House and a 20-11 vote in the Senate, the Texas legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows concealed handgun permit holders to carry guns on college campuses. Nine states allow permitted concealed handguns on college campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and public universities in Pennsylvania outside of the Penn State system mandate concealed carry on campuses.  …


23 May , 2015

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Georgia Permit Holder Uses Gun to Stop Carjacking

The fact that the police shook the permit holder’s hand says it all.  Apparently this is the second time that the permit holder has used his gun in self defense.  As the TV anchorwoman says, the permit holder certainly doesn’t plan on becoming a victim any time soon.  In this case the permit holder was black and the criminal was white.  …


4 Apr , 2015

Greg Gutfeld and the rest of The Five explain the benefits of concealed carry, especially for blacks

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

This discussion is excellent and there is little to critically comment on. Greg Gutfeld, Ainsley Earhardt, Jedediah Bila, and Eric Bolling clearly explain the issues. The one misleading concern wasn’t directly addressed was raised by Juan Williams, and it is part of his continued claim that the real danger in the home is people being shot by their loved ones.…

17 Mar , 2015

Former Maryland state police Captain Jack McCauley, who was the commander of the Maryland State Licensing Division, testifies in favor of concealed handguns

Captain McCauley provides powerful testimony in favor of allowing civilians to carry permitted concealed handguns.  Anyone who listens to Captain McCauley’s testimony here will quickly see that part of it relies heavily on the CPRC’s research here and here.

Here is also powerful testimony by a woman stalking victim who wanted to be able to have a gun for protection.…