29 Jul , 2014

CPRC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Armed doctor saved lives”

CPRC’s John Lott has a new piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer that starts this way:

On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Lee Silverman undoubtedly saved many lives. Using a handgun, the Delaware County psychiatrist stopped what both police and the district attorney described as a certain mass killing at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

The attacker, Richard Plotts, is a convicted felon, which bans him from legally owning a gun.


26 Jul , 2014

Federal District Court decision striking down DC’s ban on concealed handguns: Copy and analysis

A copy of the decision is available here.

Effective immediately – since DC has no other laws in effect concerning carrying a firearm except the one just struck down – DC is legally a Constitutional Carry area for non-residents at this time. Non-residents will be able to legally carry in DC under the same rules that we currently see in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, Vermont, and 99.4% of Montana.…

25 Jul , 2014


UPDATED: Fortunately, Doctor carries gun despite gun-free zone, police chief says he saved lives

The shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA on Thursday evening was stopped by Dr. Lee Silverman, who happened to have his gun with him. Silverman critically wounded the attacker Richard Plotts after Plotts shot to death case worker Theresa Hunt. Hunt was apparently taking Plotts to his appointment when the shooting occurred.…


23 Jul , 2014

Peer Reviewed research on concealed carry

Fox News’ The Five: CPRC research on concealed carry continues to get news coverage

The CPRC study on concealed handgun permits from July 9th received extensive news coverage, but it continues to be discussed. Here it is being discussed on Fox News’ The Five.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Regarding Bob Beckel’s comments on the research on concealed handguns and crime, it would have been useful to provide some context for what the other research on this issue has found.…


20 Jul , 2014

Discussing the CPRC research on the Jason Lewis Radio Show

Most of the hour radio show was on economics issues, but we still got to talk about the work being done by the CPRC. The audio is available here.…

18 Jul , 2014

CPRC in the News: Explaining why limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets is dangerous

CPRC’s op-ed in the Star-Ledger (the largest paper in New Jersey) starts this way:

Gun control advocates just can’t let go of Gov. Chris Christie vetoing of a bill limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. Christie’s warning that the bill wouldn’t save lives might not be politically popular, but it was scientifically accurate.


18 Jul , 2014


CPRC at the Western Conservative Summit

Jennifer Pinnell is at the Western Conservative Summit this weekend.…

17 Jul , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel”

The newest CPRC op-ed at Fox News starts this way:

Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded.  At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would “continue to make the case” that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws.

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17 Jul , 2014

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Some evidence that the share of concealed handgun permits issued to women is soaring: Tennessee and Texas

Between 2008 and 2013, the share of women’s permits issued each year in Tennessee have gone up 31%.   For Texas over the same years, the share rose even more dramatically, by 52.5%.  For Indiana, there was a substantial 3.5 percentage points in just two years.  And for Washington State it appears to have doubled.…