31 Jul , 2016

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New Book: The War on Guns

What are people saying about the book?

“The Second Amendment has no better defender than John Lott. What makes him so invaluable is his ability to go beyond philosophical arguments and to engage opponents of gun ownership on the facts. Through rigorous research and analysis of data, he has been able to show in previous books that increased gun possession can actually make people safer and reduce crime.

27 Jul , 2016

Washington Times Banner

CPRC research covered in the Washington Times, Breitbart, and Townhall: “Concealed carry permits at all-time high Women, minorities fasting-growing groups seeking license”

The Washington Times article started this way:

Nearly 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S.

26 Jul , 2016

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New Study: Over 14.5 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw the largest increase ever in the number of permits

The CPRC has new issue of our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available here.  Past reports can be viewed here.  Part of the executive summary is shown here:

During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007.


30 Jun , 2016

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CPRC in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “What do we know about the Association between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-related Injuries”

CPRC President John Lott, CPRC Academic Board Member Carl Moody and CPRC Research Direction John Whitley had a letter in the June 16th issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology to point out errors in a recent paper in the journal by J. Santaella-Tenorio, A. Cerdá M, Villaveces, and Sandro Galea.…

28 Jun , 2016

Regulation Summer 2016

NEW CPRC research: Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?

Regulation (Summer 2016) has published some new research by John Lott and Gary Mauser on “Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?”   A copy of the article is available here.

12 May , 2016

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18 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 21 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

CPRC has found that there are 18 State Capitols in the U.S. which officially allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees, or all of the above. Some require the individual have a handgun carry permit before being allowed to enter the Capitol with a firearm. Here is the breakdown of those Capitols.  …

29 Apr , 2016

Tunisia Victim of Shooting

UPDATE: CPRC Original Research: All the 20 worst mass public shootings, 42 of the worst 46, occurred outside the United States

Picture of victim being removed from ISIS attack in Tunisia that left 39 people dead

LAST UPDATED April 29, 2016 (original post June 28, 2015):

After the Charleston massacre, President Obama made this comment: “the unique mayhem that gun violence afflicts upon this nation.”  Of course, regarding mass public shootings, Obama doesn’t need to look any further than France, which last year suffered 532 casualties (killings and woundings) versus 396 in the US during the first seven full years of the Obama administration from 2009 through 2015.…


10 Apr , 2016

Venezuela gun-free zone signs

Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after 2012 ban on private ownership of guns

Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015.  The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan government’s claim that the ban is an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.”  The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns.  …


24 Mar , 2016

Gun sales

NEW CPRC Report: Much less than 0.039% of guns sold by Federally Licensed Dealers stolen last year — a rate less than 1/30th the rate of theft for retail industry

A new report from the BATF points out that Federally Licensed Gun Dealers had 6,163 firearms stolen from them in 2015.  With the Obama administration finalizing a new rule to enhance dealer reporting of stolen or lost firearms, this BATF report allows us to investigate the size of the current stolen or lost firearm problem for dealers and to compare those rates to other retail outlets.  …


12 Feb , 2016

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New CPRC Study: Comparing the views of Economists and Criminologists on gun control

Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Beedie School of Business, and John Lott have a new survey of academic criminologists and economists who have done empirical research on guns that has some very interesting results.  A copy of the survey is available here.


Economists and Criminologists have very different models of human behavior.