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Remember Democrats’ call to ban people on the terror watch list from buying guns, now there are nearly 2 million people on the list

22 Aug , 2021  

Remember all the calls by Democrats to ban people on the terror watch list from being able to buy guns? Well, it turns out that if those proposals had become law, nearly 2 million Americans would be banned from owning guns.

Obama is calling for another measure: a ban for people on the FBI’s consolidated terrorist watchlist from buying guns

Meagan Fitzpatrick, “Gun sales to people on FBI terrorist watchlist must be blocked, Obama says,” CBC News, Dec 03, 2015

The amendment would give the attorney general the authority to block the sale of guns or explosives to known or suspected terrorists, if the attorney general has a reasonable belief that the weapons would be used in connection with terrorism.


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Congressman Thomas Massie cites CPRC work in House Judiciary Committee Hearing

22 Jul , 2021   Video

In a House Judiciary Committee hearing on discriminatory false positives from Facial Recognition Technology, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) raises similar concerns with the NICS background check system. Massie directly references Dr. John Lott’s work on this issue.

House Judiciary Committee Massie, July 13 2021


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Congressman Thomas Massie uses CPRC work to ask FBI director about the NICS system discriminating against black and Hispanic males

10 Jun , 2021   Video

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) asks FBI director Chris Wray about the NICS background checks discriminating against law-abiding black and Hispanic males. Massie relies on work by Dr. John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center and when he was at the .

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NICS Background Checks continue to produce few legitimate cases in 2017

5 May , 2021  

The George W. Bush administration promised to get tough on prosecuting prohibited people who tried to buy guns. “This incredibly high rate of false positives imposes a real burden on the most vulnerable people,” said Reagan Dunn, the first national coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Justice Department program started in 2001 to ensure gun laws are enforced.…

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Congressman Thomas Massie uses CPRC research in Congressional hearing on background checks

27 Mar , 2021   Video

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus, uses CPRC research in Congressional hearing on background checks. The great thing was that he got positive responses from Democrats on the committee about how the background check system is discriminating against minorities. If you have limited time, the last two minutes of the discussion are the most relevant.…

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On NTD News: Understanding some of the Problems with Democrats’ Background Check Bills

17 Mar , 2021   Video

Dr. John Lott was interviewed by NTD about the bill to close the “Charleston Loophole” and the costs of Universal Background Checks. Other relevant information is available here.

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Congressman Thomas Massie Relies on CPRC Research on Background Checks

15 Mar , 2021   Video

On Thursday, March 11th, 2021, the House of Representatives passed two background check bills: Universal Background Checks (HR 8) and Closing the “Charleston Loophole” (HR 1446). Despite Democrats claims to the contrary, HR 1446 wouldn’t have stopped the Charleston church shooting (June 17, 2015).

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), the co-chair of the House Second Amendment Caucus, discusses how the background checks discriminate against poor minorities.…

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At The Daily Torch: Young widow describes life as a victim of gun control laws

4 Dec , 2020  

CPRC Executive Director Nikki Goeser is featured in this article from the Daily Torch.

December 3, 2020

Nikki and Ben had been married for one year, four months, and two days when he was shot in front of her. Now, she is a fierce gun rights advocate with an important message.

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California’s Proposition 63 on Background Checks for Ammunition has Dramatically Reduced the number of Ammunition Sales by 92%

25 May , 2020  

California’s background checks on ammunition went into effect on July 1, 2019, and they have had a dramatic impact on ammunition purchases by law-abiding citizens and thus presumably on citizens’ ability to use guns in self-defense.

the district court also noted the system’s apparent effect on the overall volume of ammunition transactions: although California had forecast that “approximately 13 million ammunition transactions” would occur in one year, the number of background checks conducted using the two primary methods was “only 635,856” over a seven-month period.

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At National Review: California’s Ammo Background Checks Misfire

29 Apr , 2020  

Dr. John Lott’s latest piece at National Review is available here.

California’s attempts to discourage gun ownership hit a bump Thursday. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez granted a preliminary injunction that stopped the state from enforcing its background checks on ammunition purchases. The initiative, which was spearheaded by Gavin Newsom when he was the lieutenant governor, passed in 2016 with 63 percent of the vote.