Walter Williams died this morning

2 Dec , 2020   Video

The CPRC is very sorry to note the passing of a real friend of the CPRC. Walter, an economist who got his PhD from UCLA, made a real difference in the world in his academic writings and teaching. Walter cited and used our research many times in his writings and his appearances as a guest host on the Rush Limbaugh Show.…


UPDATE: Do Right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime?

29 Nov , 2020  

Original Post November 2, 2014: A 2012 survey of the literature is available here.  Some of the peer-reviewed research showing that concealed carry laws reduce violent crime is listed here.  This list includes papers using US data (whether broken down at the city, county or state level), which is preferable over arbitrarily picking some small portion of the country.…


Why Biden’s proposal to classify semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than 10 rounds as Class III weapons depends on whether Democrats take control of the Senate

28 Nov , 2020  

Joe Biden wants to make it more costly for people to own guns (the above information is from his campaign website). There are the costs of background checks that he supports ($125 in DC, $125 to $200 in NYC, as low as $55 in Oregon). But suppose he successfully classifies semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding over ten rounds as Class III weapons.…


Concealed Handgun Permits, Featured

Apple’s Chief Security Officer and a Local Businessman Charged with Bribery for CCW Licenses, the problem is with the discretion

25 Nov , 2020  

Do you think that Apple’s Chief Security Officer, Thomas Moyer, could pass a background check? How about the four executives at Apple that Moyer was trying to get approval to have permits? Do you think that if Apple’s Chief Security Officer and other executives could convince Apple that they are responsible enough people to run an almost $2 trillion company, they are responsible enough to join the 20 million Americans who have concealed handgun permits?…

Featured, Media Bias

CPRC in the News: Daily Caller, American Military News, All Outdoor News, and more

23 Nov , 2020  

There is good reason to believe that a similar situation takes place when pollsters ask Americans about gun ownership. Economist John Lott contends that many Americans refuse to answer or do not answer truthfully when asked about whether they own a firearm. In a piece for Fox News, Lott noted “current events influence people’s willingness to acknowledge gun ownership.

Featured, Media Coverage

CPRC in the news: Daily Wire, Forbes, Post Millennial, World Tribune, and other places

11 Nov , 2020  

John Lott tweeted out the State Senator’s issued statement: “The changing guidance she has delivered to counties not only directly contradicts the Election Code language she is sworn to uphold, but also conflicts her own litigation statements and decisions of both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.”

On Oct.


Argentina’s AireLibra: John Lott, the world’s premier gun control researcher

9 Nov , 2020  

This interview with the Argentine media outlet Aire Libre was conducted with Dr. John Lott back in early August, before he left the CPRC, but it has only now been published. The original article was published on October 20, 2020 in Spanish. Below is a rough translation using Google search.…

Defensive Gun Use, Featured

Defensive Gun Uses where people legally carrying concealed guns have stopped crime, cases from late September to mid October 2019

6 Nov , 2020  

Nicholasville, Ky, September 23, 2019

According to police, a pizza delivery driver turned the tables on some would-be robbers by pulling out his own weapon and trading shots with them in Nicholasville.
This happened outside of the Nicholasville Comfort Inn shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Police said an adult and a minor attempted to rob the Domino’s driver at gunpoint when the driver pulled out his own gun.


Montana voters pass preemption bill that limits local gun control laws

5 Nov , 2020  

The CPRC has written on the policy importance of state preemption laws on gun control. Almost all states today have a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from imposing gun control restrictions that are more severe than state law (the exemptions are Connecticut (Dwyer v. Farrell, 475 A.2d 257 (Conn. 1984) ), Hawaii (Richardson v.


Black Gun Ownership Soars in 2020, firearm sales for blacks increased by 58.2% during the first half of 2020

5 Nov , 2020  

The CPRC has already documented the huge increase in concealed handgun permits by blacks. From 2015 to 2019/2020, in the four states that provide data by race over that time period, the number of black people with permits increased almost 55.6% faster than the number of whites with permits.

But it turns out that there has been a similar large increase in gun purchases by blacks.…