25 Sep , 2014

CPRC in the Brown University Daily Herald on the University of Rhode Island move to arm campus police

The article in the Brown Daily Herald discussed our recent study that college age permit holders are extremely law-abiding:

But John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said he supports URI’s decision. “It’s hard for me to fathom why people wouldn’t want to let police officers carry guns,” he added.


25 Sep , 2014

CPRC discussed in new Forbes article: “How Bloomberg’s Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring”

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.


23 Sep , 2014

DC handgun regulations look likely to be most restrictive concealed carry law in country

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.  …

22 Sep , 2014

CPRC at the Utah State Sheriff’s Association Meeting in St. George, Utah

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.…

21 Sep , 2014

Responding to the Washington Post’s “More guns, less crime? Not exactly”

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.

20 Sep , 2014

CPRC on Voice of Russia to discuss murder rates in Russia and US and the Don Spirit case in Florida

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.…

19 Sep , 2014

More evidence that deterrence works: Since Apple’s “Activation Lock” debuted, thefts of iPhones has gone done even while thefts of Android phones has increased

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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:


17 Sep , 2014

In little noticed change, Obama administration collecting data on race, ethnicity of gun buyers

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.

17 Sep , 2014

Obama renews call for more gun control

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.” .

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