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

16 Jul , 2015  

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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Chattanooga Shooting at Marine Recruiting Office at yet another attack at a Gun-free Zone

16 Jul , 2015  

The gun-free zone sign is from the front of the recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Army regulations are very clear saying that you cannot have firearms during one’s official duties (see Para 2-6b).  It should be the same across all branches.

Here are interim rules from last year that clearly prohibit privately owned weapons from all federally leased land and that would include recruiters offices.

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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

16 Jul , 2015  

The new report is available here.  Reports for other years including 2016 can be viewed 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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CPRC on KSRO AM/FM radio to discuss “Murder Rates Down, Concealed Gun Permits Up”

15 Jul , 2015  


John Lott talked to the KSRO Morning News team (covering Sonoma County, California) to discuss the latest research on concealed handguns on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 11:32 to 11:40 AM EDT

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With Maine, ten states no longer require concealed handgun permits in all or virtually all of the state

13 Jul , 2015  

Last Wednesday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a bill to eliminate the concealed gun permit requirement in Maine.  Permit requirements also ended in Kansas and Mississippi on July 1st.  That raises the total of states that don’t require permits anywhere in the state to eight (also including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Vermont).  …

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CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Why Background Checks Couldn’t Stop Dylan Roof”

11 Jul , 2015  

John Lott’s latest piece at the Daily Caller discusses the FBI’s announcement that mistakes were made in the background check for his gun purchase. His piece starts this way:

The FBI says that the federal background check system for guns should have stopped Dylann Roof, the racist who killed nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston.

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CPRC on WJR radio to discuss research on guns and crime

9 Jul , 2015  

John Lott talked to Frank Beckman about new claims and here on guns and crime (Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:45 to 10:54 AM).

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Evaluating new research “Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.: An Ecological Study” By Monuteaux, Lee, Hemenway, Mannix, Fleegler

8 Jul , 2015  

Live Science describes a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this way:

Monuteaux and his colleagues wanted to test whether increased gun ownership had any effect on gun homicides, overall homicides and violent gun crimes. They chose firearm robbery and assault, because those crimes are likely to be reported and recorded in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Report.

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Domestic Violence and Guns: Woman uses gun to defend herself against boyfriend

7 Jul , 2015  

New Orleans, Louisiana, July 7, 2015

A New Orleans man was shot by his girlfriend in self-defense after he strangled and beat her inside her Harvey apartment in the early morning hours of July 4, according to arrest records.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Carollo wrote that Randy Johnson had been dating the victim for 10 months when he was involved in the physical altercation in an apartment in the 4100 block of Lac du Bay Drive around 3:30 a.m.

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Within just a few hours, concealed Handgun Permit Holders Defend Themselves in Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; and Richland, SC

7 Jul , 2015  

Nashville, TN, July 6, 2015

. . . . 74-year-old Larry Dean Claybaker was getting into his car at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Fairfield Avenue when two teens tried to rob him around 10 p.m.

The teens allegedly took his cellphone and told him to get out of his car, which is when Claybaker reached into his pocket and pulled out a semi-automatic pistol, firing one round at each suspect.