15 Feb , 2019

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

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.…

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13 Feb , 2019

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

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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11 Feb , 2019

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

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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6 Feb , 2019

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

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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6 Feb , 2019

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

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Townhall.com 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?

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3 Sep , 2018

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

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.…

28 Mar , 2018

At Fox News: “Spending bill passed by Congress could disarm some veterans”

This is a news article by Maxim Lott at Fox News.  It warns that the Obama administration program that banned people veterans who receive help on their finances from owning guns.  The CPRC alerted Fox to these cases.

. . . Under current policy, the Department of Veterans Affairs asks veterans who apply for benefits whether they handle their own finances.

22 Mar , 2018

Congressmen Thomas Massie and Scott Perry explain the problem with false positives in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) testified before the House Rules Committee on the Fix NICS portion of the Omnibus Spending Bill. Massie and Perry provide powerful statements on the “false positives” in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system. Here is an example of how Crime Prevention Research Center research makes a difference.  …

16 Jan , 2018

Testimony before Virginia State Senate on Universal Background Checks

On Monday, Dr. John Lott testified before the Virginia state Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He had been invited to testify by one of the committee members, state Senator Mark Peake.  Dr. Lott was the first and primary witness to testify against SB 5, a bill pushing “universal” background checks, checks on the private transfers of guns.  …

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7 Nov , 2017

At NYDY:The federal background check system is a mess;why won’t Democrats and gun-control advocates press to fix it?

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the New York Daily News.  The piece starts this way:

Within hours of the slaughter of 26 people at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Democrats were calling for expanded background checks to cover the private transfers of guns. If they had waited a few hours, they would have learned that such a law wouldn’t have stopped the attack in Texas.

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