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.


24 Jun , 2015

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Sean Hannity reads CPRC op-ed on “The Myth of American Gun Violence” on his National Radio Show

John Lott’s op-ed titled “The Myth of American Gun Violence” at the New York Daily News was read by Sean Hannity on his national radio show (audience 12.5 million).

11 Jun , 2015

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Bloomberg’s School of Public Health Cherry Picked Claim that firearm homicides in Connecticut fell 40% because of a gun licensing law

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University put out this press release on a paper by Rudolph, Stuart, Vernick, and Webster:

A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license – contingent on passing a background check – in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the state’s firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests.

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9 Jun , 2015

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CPRC in the Wall Street Journal: Authors of FBI Report on Public Shootings admit “our data is imperfect”

For months John Lott had tried getting a response from the Department of Justice and the authors of a FBI report on “active shooters” regarding errors that the CPRC had found. Lott then published our research in the March 2015 issue of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, pointing out how the errors mistakenly lead to the conclusion that attacks were increasing over time.…

2 Jun , 2015

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Greg Gutfeld & Eric Boiling Use CPRC Research to Discuss the “Media’s uninformed backlash against Vince Vaughn”

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Here is also a transcript of Gutfeld’s remarks.  One will note that Greg Gutfeld’s points parallel the evidence that we had put together on Vince Vaughn’s comments.  John Lott also has a new op-ed at Fox News on the Vince Vaughn discussion:

Things are definitely changing when it comes to the gun debate in America.


6 May , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “Designer of 3-D-printed gun challenges feds to Constitutional duel”

John Lott was interviewed by Fox News about the Obama administration’s latest attempts to ban computer files that allow 3D printers to print guns.  This isn’t just plastic printers.  The metal 3D printers can produce a gun that is identical in many ways to a gun that you could buy at the store.  …


29 Apr , 2015

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News coverage on Bloomberg’s research director’s refusal to debate with John Lott

John Lott’s and Everytown’s research director separate presentations on C-SPAN on Saturday highlighted Bloomberg’s groups continued unwillingness to debate. There have been about a dozen instances over the last seven or eight years where producers will call John Lott up to participate in a discussion and then they disinvite him once they realize that Mayors Against Illegal Guns or other Bloomberg representatives.…


16 Apr , 2015

CPRC in Politifact on which states have the most concealed handgun permits

From Politifact Florida:

We interviewed John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center which compiles data on gun permits in states. Lott, an academic and Fox News columnist, published the book More Guns, Less Crime through the University of Chicago in 2010.

He said there are four factors that influence the number of gun permits in a state: the amount of fees, hours of required training, how many places people can or can’t carry their firearms and how many years the rules have been in effect.

9 Apr , 2015

CPRC at Fox News on the impact of police seizing people’s guns and not returning them

Malia Zimmerman’s piece contained this discussion:

. . . . These tactics are a way for police departments or the government to make it more costly to own guns, said John Lott, an economist, leading expert on guns, and author at the Crime Prevention Research Center. Lott believes the illegal policies most hurt poor gun owners, who not only are less likely to afford to get their property back, but also typically live in neighborhoods where they are more vulnerable to crime.


9 Apr , 2015

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CPRC in the Washington Times on the big surge in gun production since 1999

. . . The biggest change in production has come under President Obama. From 2001 to 2007, gun production held steady at between 3 million and 4 million units a year. It topped 4 million in 2008 but shot to 5.6 million in 2009, held steady in 2010 and then spiked to 8.6 million guns in 2012 and a record 10.8 million in 2013, according to ATF data.