CPRC Testimony before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Eliminating many Gun-free zones

13 Oct , 2015  

Lott testimony Michigan Senate

John Lott testified before the Michigan state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 3 PM.

MLive.com had this:

His comments were echoed by John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” a book that has become a central document for gun rights advocates since its first edition was published in 1998.

Lott argued that most “mass shootings” around the country have occurred in so-called gun-free zones, citing statistics that gun control proponents have challenged. He suggested gun-free zones only deter law-abiding citizens, not the criminals who perpetuate mass shootings.

“The sign won’t deter them,” said Lott. “If anything it serves as a magnet because they know it’s relatively easier to go and attack people who are unarmed there.” . . .

From the Detroit News:

[Republican Sen. Mike Green of Mayville] recruited John Lott, a Virginia economist and a supporter of expanded firearms rights, to testify in favor of his bill. Lott is the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center . . . .

A day earlier the Detroit Free Press had this:

Virginia economist and gun rights activist John Lott is to testify before a Michigan Senate committee in support of the legislation that would allow CPL holders to carry their weapons in schools, churches, sports arenas, bars and other places where the concealed carrying of guns is now banned.

Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a Fox News columnist with a doctorate in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Free Press on Monday that restrictions on carrying weapons in places like Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a gunman killed 10 people, including himself,  and injured nine others Oct. 1, make such areas “magnets” for those who want to gain notoriety by killing as many innocent people as possible before committing suicide or being killed by police.

Lott, the author of eight books, including “More Guns, Less Crime” and “The Bias Against Guns,” acknowledged that under Oregon state law, CPL holders were allowed to carry concealed weapons at Umpqua, just as CPL holders would be allowed to do at Michigan universities and community colleges if SB 442 becomes law. But, he said, college rules put significant restrictions on students and faculty, banning guns from buildings and sporting venues. . .

The rules might be too complicated and the distinction might not be too important, but this last paragraph isn’t correct.  Lott noted that the school rules prohibited students and faculty from having guns on school grounds and that this rule that is being talked about here applied to non-students and non-faculty permit holders.

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