16 Jul , 2014

Philly mother facing three years on gun charge, no intent to violated complicated gun laws

Fox News extensively quoted CPRC president John Lott about the tragic story of a young mother who ran afoul of New Jersey gun laws.  On October 1st, Shaneen Allen, 27, was stopped by police in New Jersey’s Atlantic County after making an unsafe lane change. Allen then volunteered that she had the .380 Bersa Thunder handgun, as well as a concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania, unaware that her permit was not transferable to The Garden State.  

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16 Jul , 2014

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Do Higher Homicide Rates for Central American Countries Increase the Number of Unaccompanied Alien Children coming to the US?

A number of people have looked at how homicide rates have changed over 13 years for the countries that have supplied the vast majority of unaccompanied alien children to the US: focusing on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  The claim is that increased violence ushered in the flood of unaccompanied children into the U.S.  …

13 Jul , 2014

A possible mass public shooting stopped by a concealed carry permit holder

It looks like four party goers happened upon some gang members. Fortunately, one of the victims had his permitted concealed handgun.  This dramatic defensive gun use got attention in Chicago, but if the permit holder hadn’t been at the scene, having multiple victims shot would have made national news. From the Chicago Tribune:

A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said.

11 Jul , 2014

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CPRC Concealed Carry Report on Concealed Handguns in the News

Fox News: Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.

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9 Jul , 2014

New Report from Crime Prevention Research Center shows 11.1 million Americans Hold Concealed Carry Permits

UPDATE: Newest numbers 14.5 million permit holders in 2016.  The report below is for 2014.  The later reports for 2015 and 2016 can be seen here.

ORIGINAL POST: Concealed-Carry-Permit-Holders-Across-the-United-StatesThe Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) today released a report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States, revealing that 11.1 million Americans hold concealed carry permits up from an estimated 4.6 million in 2007 [scroll down to see some updated numbers showing closer to 12 million permit holders].…

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9 Jul , 2014

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Discussion of Chicago’s crime problems ignore what Rahm Emanuel has done to the police department

There is a lot of discussion right now about the number of shootings in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend. As the Chicago Tribune notes:

16 people killed in weekend gun violence over the long holiday weekend in Chicago. Sixty-six other people were wounded, a toll Mayor Rahm Emanuel said is “unacceptable.” .

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9 Jul , 2014

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CPRC at Freedomfest in Las Vegas


Jennifer Pinnell is shown here manning the CPRC booth at the Freedomfest. For those attending, John Lott will be speaking on the topic “It’s A Crime: How Gun Control Cost Lives and Disarms the Poor” at 4:50 to 5:40 PDT PM on Thursday, July 10th.…

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6 Jul , 2014

Discussion on the link between abortion and crime at Barron’s

John Lott has a review of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s new book “Think Like a Freak” in Barron’s. The review covers many points, but one of them is the claimed relationship between the liberalization of abortion and crime rates. Here is the relevant discussion:

Levitt and Dubner also brag in Think Like a Freak about the authors’ “truly original” thesis, presented in Freakonomics, that liberalizing abortion lowered crime rates.

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3 Jul , 2014

Media inaccurately describes Target’s position on customers bringing guns into stores

Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.

Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“

Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.…

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29 Jun , 2014

Talk on Obama and Bloomberg’s false claims about guns

Here are other interesting talks at the session by Nicole Goeser and Andrew Branca


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