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CPRC at the Gun RIghts Policy Conference

27 Sep , 2014  

Here is an audio of John Lott’s talk at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago on September 27th. Lott’s presentation focused on some of the misinformation being put out by Michael Bloomberg and the Obama administration.…

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Bloomberg Businessweek cites CPRC study on the number of concealed handgun permits

26 Sep , 2014  

The piece by Joel Rosenblatt notes the comparison our recent study made between the explosion in concealed handgun permits and dropping murder rates:

Gun control advocates say that math is dangerous, because without stringent permitting, the odds go up that guns will fall into the wrong hands.
“The more guns you have in public spaces, the more likely you are to have altercations between people that become deadly,” Mike McLively, a lawyer at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said in an interview.

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

25 Sep , 2014  

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.

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

25 Sep , 2014  

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.

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

23 Sep , 2014  

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.  …

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

22 Sep , 2014  

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.…

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

21 Sep , 2014  

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.

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

20 Sep , 2014  

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.…

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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

19 Sep , 2014  

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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:

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