19 Jan , 2016

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CPRC in USA Today on the delays in getting permits in Riverside, California

John Lott was interviewed by Brett Kelman about the 18-month delay to get a concealed handgun permit in Riverside, California.  From USA Today:

In the seven weeks since terrorists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, requests for concealed firearms permits have skyrocketed throughout the area, leading to crippling backlogs and massive delays at the public safety agencies that process applications.

18 Jan , 2016

Sheriff David Clarke

Police Chiefs and Sheriffs around the Country tell citizens to “Take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm”

Sheriff David Clarke is a member of CPRC’s Board of Directors.

From Fox News:

One California police chief is backing teachers in his district packing heat. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been a leader in urging his community to arm itself. A Maryland sheriff is working with the state’s general assembly to try to make it easier for citizens to obtain handgun permits.

19 Dec , 2015

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More Americans view letting more people carrying concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism than stricter gun control

There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent).  A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy).…

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11 Dec , 2015

90 days Google Trends Concealed Carry

The Impact of Terrorist Attacks on Interest in Concealed Carry after Oregon, Paris, and San Bernardino mass public shootings

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Here is a simple graph using Google Trends to show web searches for the term “concealed carry.”  After each of these three terrorist attacks over the last 90 days, you can see a sudden increase in interest for concealed carry.  With each attack, the size of the increase in interest has gotten larger.…

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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).  …

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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.

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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.

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16 Jul , 2015

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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.

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