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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15 Mar , 2017

Bloomberg’s push for Background Checks on the Private Transfers of Guns Fails in another state: New Mexico

Michael Bloomberg’s losing streak continues in his push for background checks on the private transfers of guns.  During this last November, Bloomberg’s initiatives in Maine and Nevada failed.  With solid Democrat majorities in both the New Mexico state House and Senate, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety viewed New Mexico as their most likely success in pushing background checks on the private transfers of guns.  …

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4 Mar , 2017

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: Social Security Changes to Gun Background Check Rule

Dr. John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases.  The conversation explains how Obama’s rule banned gun ownership by Social Security recipients who received help on their finances and how the media and various politicians have inaccurately described those rules.…

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24 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the Santa Fe New Mexican: Background check bill — right for New Mexico?

With the debate heating up in New Mexico over Michael Bloomberg’s push for Universal Background checks, Dr. John Lott has an op-ed in the newspaper for the state’s capitol.

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.

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3 Jan , 2017

Michael Bloomberg wasted $20 million on Nevada’s Background Checks on Private Transfers

This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. He lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. Bloomberg’s initiative only eked out the win in Nevada because of the $20 million spent to support it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote.…

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9 Oct , 2016

Fox News Opinion

CPRC at Fox News: “Guns, the Second Amendment and what you should hear from Clinton and Trump”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Fox News

At this Sunday’s town-hall style presidential debate the public is able to vote for their favorite questions. The ABC News and CNN moderators plan on using the 30 questions that receive the most votes.

Largely because of efforts by gun control organizations, the current top two questions are both on gun control.

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2 May , 2016

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CPRC at Fox News on new California Initiative to require background checks on ammunition purchases

Fox News has a news story on a new initiative being offered by California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The initiative has includes proposals either not approved by the the Democrat controlled legislature because they were viewed as unworkable or vetoed by the governor.

. . .  Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime who founded and heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety, called the initiative “racist.”

“The question is who are you stopping from owning a firearm or getting hold of ammunition – in this case it is law-abiding, poor blacks and Hispanics who won’t be able to afford the cost of ammunition, which will rise with the cost associated with required background checks for ammunition purchases.” .

12 Mar , 2016

Fox News Opinion

CPRC at Fox News: “You know the case for background checks is weak if . . .”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News is on the extremely low quality of research by public health researchers starts this way:

Academic advocates of gun control apparently need to manipulate the data in order to argue for background checks on private gun transfers.  Even the prestigious medical journal, the Lancet, does not seem to be above publishing junk science on gun control.  

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8 Jan , 2016

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CPRC on The Laura Ingraham Show: Discussion about President Obama’s inaccurate statements during CNN Townhall on Guns

Dr. Lott talks with Laura Ingraham about the many distortions and false statements by President Obama during CNN Townhall on Guns. The radio interview can be listened to here

Audience size 2+ million people.

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