background checks, Gun Free Zones, op-ed

At The Daily Torch: Young widow describes life as a victim of gun control laws

4 Dec , 2020  

CPRC Executive Director Nikki Goeser is featured in this article from the Daily Torch.

December 3, 2020

Nikki and Ben had been married for one year, four months, and two days when he was shot in front of her. Now, she is a fierce gun rights advocate with an important message.

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background checks

California’s Proposition 63 on Background Checks for Ammunition has Dramatically Reduced the number of Ammunition Sales by 92%

25 May , 2020  

California’s background checks on ammunition went into effect on July 1, 2019, and they have had a dramatic impact on ammunition purchases by law-abiding citizens and thus presumably on citizens’ ability to use guns in self-defense.

the district court also noted the system’s apparent effect on the overall volume of ammunition transactions: although California had forecast that “approximately 13 million ammunition transactions” would occur in one year, the number of background checks conducted using the two primary methods was “only 635,856” over a seven-month period.

background checks, op-ed

At National Review: California’s Ammo Background Checks Misfire

29 Apr , 2020  

Dr. John Lott’s latest piece at National Review is available here.

California’s attempts to discourage gun ownership hit a bump Thursday. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez granted a preliminary injunction that stopped the state from enforcing its background checks on ammunition purchases. The initiative, which was spearheaded by Gavin Newsom when he was the lieutenant governor, passed in 2016 with 63 percent of the vote.



Congressman Thomas Massie uses CPRC Research on Background Checks in Congressional Testimony

28 Sep , 2019   Video

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), the chair of the Second Amendment Caucus, uses research from the Crime Prevention Research Center in questioning Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.(Wednesday, September 18, 2019)


Some Congressmen use CPRC info during the mark up of the Universal Background Check bill

15 Feb , 2019   Video

Congressmen Collins (ranking member), Gaetz, and Gohmert were among those who used Crime Prevention Research Center research during the mark up of the Universal Background Check bill (that covers background checks on private transfers of guns).

Congressman Doug Collins is using a CPRC analysis on concealed handgun permit holders from about five years ago.…



CPRC testifies before Pittsburgh City Council on gun-control: Universal Background Checks, Red Flag Laws, etc…

13 Feb , 2019   Video

Dr. Lott testified before the Pittsburgh City Council about a range of gun control laws that they are considering and offers a compromise in the debate on how to fix the Background Check System if they truly want Universal Background Checks. A compromise that seems to be ignored. Notice the behavior of Councilman Bruce Kraus at the end of the video.…

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UPDATED: Why we shouldn’t depend on mental health professionals to detect mass killers: Elliot Rodger’s slipping “under the radar” is hardly rare

11 Feb , 2019  

Frequently, the proposed solution to these mass shootings is to simply spend more money on mental health.

MAJOR GARRETT: . . . Do you believe the legislation the Senate did not pass would have made any difference in this case [the Elliot Rodger’s shooting]?

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: The legislation that failed to pass–it got support from fifty-five senators–would have provided a mental health initiative with more resources, greater ability for the Santa Barbara police to intervene–to use the sheriff’s word–to have professionals trained in diagnosing and detecting this kind of derangement.

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House Judiciary holds hearing on Gun Violence in America: Uses CPRC research on how Universal Background Checks and other gun control stops law-abiding from getting guns for self-defense

6 Feb , 2019   Video

Congressman Louie Gohmert’s questions and comments regarding gun-control

Congressman Louie Gohmert gives a statement about universal background checks and fees associated with those checks impacting low-income Americans from being able to protect themselves. Congressman Gohmert made extensive use of the CPRC’s research in his statement to the committee (see here and here).…

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At Townhall: Background Checks Bill Would Turn Many Well-intentioned Americans Into Criminals

6 Feb , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at that discusses a new bill on universal background checks.

Let’s say a stalker threatens a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun?



Is there a cost to banning all felons from owning guns?: Pregnant woman who killed intruder in justified shooting now faces felony gun charge due to previous marijuana conviction

3 Sep , 2018  

People with criminal records might also need guns for protection. Indeed, in at least some states, the primary reason that people apply to get their records expunged is so that they can again own a gun. Here is a rather shocking story of a woman who saved her life and the life of her unborn baby with a gun, but who now faces criminal charges for illegally possessing a firearm because of a marijuana conviction on her record.…