20 Jan , 2016

CPRC at National Review: “A Semi-Automatic Handgun Ban Wouldn’t Stop Mass Shooters”


John Lott’s newest piece at National Review starts this way:

President Obama’s timing is off. Just as he tries to assure us that there’s no conspiracy to take away our guns, Democrats across the country are calling for banning most firearms.

From Georgia to California, Democratic legislators have introduced bills to ban all semi-automatic rifles or even all semi-automatics, period.

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.

19 Jan , 2016

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CPRC at LifeZette: “No, 90% Don’t Want More Background Checks”

John Lott has an op-ed at LifeZette on whether there is the claimed support for background checks on private gun transfers.

Gun control advocates like President Obama keep claiming that 80 to 90 percent of Americans are in favor of expanded background check legislation. Only, it’s not true.

Liberal fact checkers were less than thrilled with any objections to this false orthodoxy.

18 Jan , 2016

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CPRC on Turkish Television discussing Obama’s executive actions on Guns: What passes for “debate” by some gun control advocates

John Lott “debated” Leah Barrett, the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, about President Obama’s new executive orders on guns.  The debate starts at 5:38 into the video and let’s people again see what is sometimes like to debate gun control advocates.  John Stossel recently had an op-ed discussing similar recent attacks Ms.…


18 Jan , 2016

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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.

18 Jan , 2016

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Police officer lucky to have had body camera, camera shows accusations of abuse by officer clearly false

From Fox 5 in Atlanta:

 – In this day and age, police officers are under intense scrutiny. Any complaint of bad conduct could trigger an internal investigation and possible disciplinary action. So our FOX 5 I-Team was intrigued when a DeKalb Fire department employee complained that a local police officer cussed her out.

16 Jan , 2016

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Will gun control advocates next want to ban revolvers after they ban semi-autos?: Bans on Semi-autos proposed in California, Georgia, and Washington

Picture shows someone loading his revolver with a speed loader.

Back in 1998 Barack Obama supported a “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.”  But Obama’s past views are now all the rage among Democrats.  Yet, at the CNN Townhall on guns on January 7th, 2016, Obama belittled the concern that the government would want to confiscate people’s guns: “Yes, it is fair to call the conspiracy, what are you saying?…


16 Jan , 2016

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CPRC in the News around the nation and the world over the last few weeks: Fox News, Real Clear Policy, Washington Post, Hot Air, Daily Caller, Huffington Post, and many other places

Real Clear Policy, December 28, 2015

Kleck suggested that concealed-carry laws don’t even increase the carrying of guns; instead, they just legalize what people were doing anyway. In response, Lott pointed out that the rising number of concealed-carry permits has roughly tracked the rise of guns found by the TSA, suggesting that permits do make a difference.

15 Jan , 2016

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“Thank God for concealed carry.” Two different concealed carry permit holders in Chicago area stop armed robbers on same day

In reading these stories note that with the total cost of getting a permit in Illinois is about $500.  By contrast, in Indiana it is $49.95.  Chicago would be hearing a lot more stories if more people could afford getting a permit.

From a T-Mobile cellphone store on the far South Side of Chicago on January 13, 2016.  …

15 Jan , 2016

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CPRC interviewed by The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) on new California legislation to ban semi-automatic rifles accept detachable magazines and fire centerfire ammunition

John Lott talked to The Press Enterprise’s Richard De Atley:

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, announced the bill — AB1663 — saying it would close what Harris called the “bullet button loophole” for weapons currently legal in California.

“This is a common sense solution that closes a dangerous loophole in California’s assault weapons ban,” Harris said in a statement.