9 Feb , 2015


Three presentations coming this week: Miami, Florida; Kennesaw, Georgia; and Springfield, Missouri

Pictures are from a debate between John Lott and Paul Helmke last year (click on pictures to enlarge).

1) St. Thomas University School of Law (Miami, Florida): Gun Control Laws in America: Do They Work? Speakers: John R. Lott Jr. and TBD Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Noon Location: Moot Court Room.…

8 Feb , 2015

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Yet another mall shooting where guns were banned: Monroeville Mall near Pittsburgh

Time after time at the mall shootings keep occurring at places that ban guns: the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake; Westroads Mall in Omaha; Nebraska, the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Portland, the Mall in Columbia, Maryland; Oregon; or Melbourne Square Mall in Florida.  Often these attacks occur at the only enclosed malls in the area that banned guns.  …

7 Feb , 2015

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Emily Miller gives our research a shout out on Fox & Friends

In a spirited debate on Fox & Friends Weekend between Emily Miller and Mark Glaze, Miller was able to make good use of information produced by the CPRC.  She starts off by mentioning that school shootings have actually been falling over time and that permit holders don’t represent a risk to others.  …

6 Feb , 2015

This is not a gun free zone sign

Pennsylvania town posts signs: “This is not a gun free zone”

Conoy Township has only a little over 3,000 people, but they may be getting some unusual attention.  From Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s LNP:

Conoy Township has a message for criminals who might be thinking about preying on its residents: This is not a gun-free zone.

And that’s exactly what visitors will see once all the signs are securely in place along every road leading into the township.

6 Feb , 2015


CPRC in the news over the first court case testing Pennsylvania’s new firearms preemption law

Here is a statement by plaintiff Justin McShane on the Harrisburg court case

There was a trial court hearing in Harrisburg this morning on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted in a suit to force Harrisburg to follow state firearm laws.  The hearing went well with Justin McShane, a lawyer in Harrisburg one of the plaintiffs arguing the case for his side.  …

5 Feb , 2015

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67-year-old concealed handgun permit holder fatally shoots one of the two men who tried to rob him

An attempted robbery of a 67-year-old black man by two other men occurred in Cobbs Creek Park, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, February 4th  (click on the above picture to enlarge).  The park is a little west of the Philadelphia Zoo.  The police chief says in a video to NBC 10 News: “to be quite frank with you, [the permit holder] did what he had to do.”  From the Delaware County Daily Times:



3 Feb , 2015

Rep. Patrick Neville and his wife Kristi and daughters

Survivor of the Columbine High School massacre, now a Colorado state legislator, introduces bill to end gun-free school zones

Newly elected state Rep. Patrick Neville is making a bit of a splash.  From the Denver Post (picture also from Post):

A student who survived the Columbine High School massacre has introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit the right to conceal and carry firearms in public schools.

2 Feb , 2015

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11-year-old girl protects herself with a shotgun from two adults who broke into her home

Mlive.com reports on an 11-year-old in Lapeer County, Michigan who was able to protect herself against two home invaders.

An 11-year-old girl used the shotgun she normally keeps to go hunting with her father to scare off a robber in her home, police said.

The girl was alone at her North Branch Township home on Five Lakes Road about 3:45 p.m.

2 Feb , 2015

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Afghan police arming schoolteachers and university lecturers to protect against terrorist attacks

Since the Taliban massacred 150 people at a Peshawar school in December, the Afghan police are teaching teachers how to use guns to protect their students and themselves.  The CPRC has recently discussed the benefits of letting civilians rather than uniformed police or soldiers to defend targets.  From the New York Times:


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2 Feb , 2015

Question 1

New survey on the views of academic economists who research guns

The CPRC is releasing a new survey entitled: “Economists’ views on guns: Crime, suicides, and right-to-carry concealed handgun laws” (shorter published version is available here).  The survey of economists conducted from August 25th to September 12th 2014 found interesting results including:

Other survey questions are available here.…