19 Dec , 2014

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Concealed Carry Law change in Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems very likely to sign legislation that will change the concealed carry law in Ohio, though the change will put Ohio more in line with other states.  The bill was passed by massive veto proof votes in the state Senate (24-6) and House (72-21).  The most significant change is in the amount of training, though it will mean that Ohio’s training requirements will still be much higher than the national average

  • The number of training hours needed to obtain a concealed-carry permit would be reduced from 12 to 8, and at least two of those hours would have to consist of in-person training.;
  • Scrap a rule that a concealed-carry permit applicant must be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of the county for at least 30 days;
  • Automatically recognize concealed handgun licenses issued by any state that recognizes Ohio’s licenses.

11 Dec , 2014

PEW survey on support for gun control up through July 2015

UPDATED: New Pew Survey shows that support for gun ownership increasing, mirrors other surveys showing that people believe guns make them safer

The newly released Pew Research Center survey shows that 47 percent of Americans want to “protect the right of Americans to own guns” versus 50 percent who support “control of gun ownership.”  It also supports other polls by Gallup and CNN that show that opposition to more gun control has been increasing over time.…


10 Dec , 2014

CPRC on the Lars Larson and Dennis Miller Shows to discuss Media Matters and Police Policy

Here is the audio of John Lott on the Lars Larson Show on Monday, December 8th, 2014 from 6:35 to 6:44 PM EST.

Here is the audio of John Lott on the Dennis Miller Show on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 2:05 to 2:30 PM EST.

John Lott also appeared on the Sandy Rios Show on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 8:47 to 9:00 AM EST.…


9 Dec , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Media Matters, the facts and me”

John Lott’s newest piece starts this way:

With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.


9 Dec , 2014


CPRC at Breitbart: “Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott”

Kristin Tate has this article at Breitbart.com:

Media Matters has long advertised to the public a commitment to fighting misinformation on the internet, but lately the group seems to be creating misinformation of its own.

The nonprofit generally targets Republicans and is regularly cited by pundits and news outlets. More recently, the group engaged in what could best be called a smear campaign against John Lott, an economist, firearms researcher, and Founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

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9 Dec , 2014

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CPRC in the Associated Press on background checks


From Matt Stroud at the Associated Press:

. . . John R. Lott, Jr., author of More Guns Less Crime, doesn’t think Hunt’s gun purchase indicates that gun regulations should change.

He said studies consistently show that background checks don’t reduce violent crime, but they can produce “false positive” results that block law-abiding citizens from purchasing a gun.

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8 Dec , 2014

Violent victimization reported to police by income and race

Do Blacks trust the police more than whites or Hispanics do?

A recent Gallup survey shows 50% of blacks believe that black males are more likely to go to prison than white males primarily because of discrimination. By contrast, only 19% of whites agreed.  Blacks also indicate that they have less confidence in police and the criminal justice system than whites in other ways, though those differences are significantly smaller.…

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6 Dec , 2014

Two cases within a couple days where concealed handgun permit holders stopped robberies

One customer was killed here, but without the permit holder in this case, multiple customers might have been killed.  St. Louis (occurred on Tuesday night, December 2, 2014):

. . . Police said three gunmen entered the bar about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday — one of them shooting into the ceiling as they came in — and ordered everyone to the floor.


4 Dec , 2014

CPRC on KTSA on the Eric Garner case in New York City

John Lott was on the Trey Ware Morning Show at 8:45 AM on Thursday, December 4th to talk about the Eric Garner case and the general behavior of the police.


3 Dec , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Ferguson: Obama contines to undermine police departments around the country”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News explains the dangers that police face and starts this way:

As a response to the police shooting of Michael Brown, President Obama proposes $263 million for police training and body cameras.  But more police training wouldn’t have prevented the Brown shooting and the president’s proposal plays into the hands of those who blame the police.

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