23 Jan , 2015

The impact of the CPRC: Our research being used in debates over gun control

North Dakota’s House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on bill that “would allow elected officials with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in public buildings.” From the Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) discussing the debate over the bill:

. . . “Statistics show that there is a direct correlation between the increase in the number of conceal-carry permits and the decline of violent crime,” [Rep.

19 Jan , 2015

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CPRC on Canada’s Sun News Network: “Shoot an intruder in Idaho & the intruder goes to jail. In Canada the shooter might.”

CPRC’s John Lott discussed the Michael Woodard defensive gun use case in Canada with Brian Lilley.  The Idaho case that Brian mentions is available here.

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19 Jan , 2015

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Counties around Portland, Oregon experience explosive 41% or more growth in concealed handgun permits from 2011 to 2014

Portland’s GoLocalPDX has a lead news story on the growth of concealed carry permits in the Portland area.  Not enough information is presented in the article to determine the permit growth rate for all three counties, but Multnomah and Washington counties had a 41 percent growth in permits between 2011 and 2014 (42840/30429).  …

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18 Jan , 2015

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CPRC in the New York Times: Are people carrying permitted concealed handguns into airports really significant?

The Sunday New York Times piece by Kate Murphy has this:

. . . The Crime Prevention Research Center used public records to count 12 million Americans with concealed-carry permits. It’s probably a low estimate as numbers are not available for all states that issue licenses, and five states and most of Montana don’t even require permits to carry.

18 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Larry Elder Show discussing Terrorism in Europe, claims about defensive gun uses, and the Sentencing Guidelines

CPRC’s president, John Lott, was on Larry Elder’s show on Friday to discuss a range of issues from terrorism in Europe to recent claims in Politico about defensive gun uses.  The segment was on from 7:15 to 7:30 PM on Friday, January 16th, 2015.

17 Jan , 2015

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The Melbourne Square Mall in Florida is yet another gun-free zone

There might not be too many malls in Florida that ban permitted concealed handguns, but the Melbourne Square Mall where there was an attack that left one victim dead and one wounded was another gun-free zone.  The Melbourne Square Mall is “a Simon Mall.”  Yet, none of the news media have mentioned this point.  …

15 Jan , 2015

Papa John’s lets pizza delivery woman who shot armed robber keep her job, Police: “She had no other choice”

As the police say, the pizza delivery woman “had no other choice” and she would have been in real danger if she hadn’t had her concealed handgun permit.  From Fox News:

The employee was making a delivery in Decatur, Ga., Sunday night when a man approached her vehicle, forcing her onto the ground at gunpoint, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.

15 Jan , 2015

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Man Puts Gun to Pizza Delivery Woman’s Head, She Uses Permitted Concealed Handgun to Defend Herself

There were two men who tried to rob a Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver on Sunday evening in DeKalb County Georgia.  DeKalb County Police Department Capt. Stephen Fore told WSB-TV said: “She arrived at the location and a male began approaching the vehicle she thought was there to pick up the pizza.…

15 Jan , 2015

Leading European Rabbi calls for Jews to be able to carry handguns

Putting 10,000 French soldiers in front of Jewish facilities will offer little protection as terrorists have control over where and when they attack.  Terrorists have important strategic advantages in picking the time and place for attacks.  Putting uniformed guards at places mean that terrorists will either kill these guards first or wait for them to leave an area before an attack occurs.

13 Jan , 2015

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The long list of illegal weapons used by the terrorists in the Paris attack

In reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, we have gotten these types of comments:

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there.  Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’” — Actor Liam Neeson, January 12th, 2014

“One thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh it is actually a very good thing that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” — Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, January 9th, 2014

The irony here is that the Paris attack occurred in a country with some of the strongest gun control restrictions in the world.  …

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