From Politifact Florida:
We interviewed John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center which compiles data on gun permits in states. Lott, an academic and Fox News columnist, published the book More Guns, Less Crime through the University of Chicago in 2010.
He said there are four factors that influence the number of gun permits in a state: the amount of fees, hours of required training, how many places people can or can’t carry their firearms and how many years the rules have been in effect.
Recent Media Highlights Video
Pictures and videos from our talks
Brad Thor’s Talk — above picture shows Brad cutting up is Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card
Katie Pavlich’s Talk
Glenn Reynolds — Academic of the Year Award Winner
Dana Loesch’s Talk
Ted Nugent’s Talk
John Lott’s Talk
Our auction was run by Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny
Pictures from the event — Click on pictures to enlarge
The New York Times recently had this editorial:
Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention opening on Friday in Tennessee, but they won’t be allowed to carry firearms in one of the main convention venues. This may run counter to the N.R.A.’s ideas about carrying guns everywhere, from elementary schools to workplaces.
The CPRC is first and foremost an academic organization, as can be seen from our academic board of directors. It is with that in mind that we made the decision to recognize quality academic research that deals with issues of crime. Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds at the University of Tennessee Law School received the CPRC’s first Academic of the Year Award. …
The list of states that allow concealed permitted handguns on college campuses continues to grow. From KX News in North Dakota:
Legislation is headed to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk that expands the places where a concealed-carry permit holder can have a gun.
The bill would allow concealed-carry permit holders to pack guns at public parks, political rallies, concerts and highway rest stops.
Malia Zimmerman’s piece contained this discussion:
. . . . These tactics are a way for police departments or the government to make it more costly to own guns, said John Lott, an economist, leading expert on guns, and author at the Crime Prevention Research Center. Lott believes the illegal policies most hurt poor gun owners, who not only are less likely to afford to get their property back, but also typically live in neighborhoods where they are more vulnerable to crime.
. . . The biggest change in production has come under President Obama. From 2001 to 2007, gun production held steady at between 3 million and 4 million units a year. It topped 4 million in 2008 but shot to 5.6 million in 2009, held steady in 2010 and then spiked to 8.6 million guns in 2012 and a record 10.8 million in 2013, according to ATF data.
The Washington Times covered our survey of economists that was conducted by Professor Gary Mauser. Stephen Dinan’s article that compared our survey to one done at the same time by David Hemenway:
. . . Take Mr. Mauser’s question about self-defense and crimes: While 83 percent of economists believed guns were more likely to be used for self-defense, nearly three-quarters of Mr.
John Lott’s interview with Larry Elder from 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 7th is available here. They discussed the views of academics about guns.…