The article today in Forbes starts this way and is highly recommended:
With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates.
A copy of DC’s proposed concealed handgun law is available here: License to Carry a Pistol Temporary Amendment Act of 2014.
The training requirement is at least as restrictive as Illinois, with “at least 16 hours of training,” two hours of which are range time.
The fee is yet to be determined: “To establish all application forms, investigation procedures, background checks, and fees necessary to process an application for a license pursuant to sections 6 and 6a of this act.”
The list of places where carry is prohibited is very extensive. …
John Lott will be speaking for two hours starting at 3:15 PM MDT in the main auditorium at the Utah State Sheriff’s Association Meeting on Tuesday.
Emily Badger had a post on concealed carry laws in the July 29th Washington Post claiming that concealed handgun laws have not reduced violent crime rates. Among the claims in the piece where:
“That sort of gets lost on people,” Webster says, “because the way this issue is portrayed is that we have one group of people — legal gun owners — and the assumption is that these are law-abiding, god-fearing, church-going people.
John Lott was on the Voice of Russia to discuss gun violence in the United States, particularly the case of 51 year old Don Spirit who killed his daughter and grand children (also here). Comparable homicide rates in the Russian Federation and the US are available from the United Nations (pp.…
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Lowering the return to crime makes it less likely to occur. In these diagrams, there are several possibilities about what is happening: either thieves are switching from the iPhone to Samsung devices, simply deterring criminals from stealing iPhones, and/or all cell phone theft is being deterred (possible if criminals aren’t sure what phone someone has before trying to steal it), but that the effect is larger for iPhones because of Apple’s “Activation Lock.” From a report by the San Francisco District Attorney:
From the Washington Times:
With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
On the one-year anniversary of the Navy Yard shooting, President Obama “called on Americans to renew the push for gun-control legislation”:
“One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved,” Obama said. “Today, we must do the same — rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day.” .
From the Blaze:
. . . However, Dr. John Lott Jr., Second Amendment expert and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told TheBlaze the proposed law is not a huge win for gun rights.
Lott said politicians in Washington, D.C., are considering passing a “may issue” concealed carry law that would come with a laundry list of restrictions and the final decision on issuing concealed carry permits would be “arbitrary” and left to government officials.