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

22 Mar , 2018   Video

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.  …

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Testimony before Virginia State Senate on Universal Background Checks

16 Jan , 2018   Video

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

7 Nov , 2017  

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

15 Mar , 2017  

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

4 Mar , 2017  

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

24 Jan , 2017  

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

3 Jan , 2017  

This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. Given the supposed 90% support that the media tells us that there is for these polls and the massive financial support provided by Bloomberg, one would think that these initiatives would be slam dunks.  Yet, Bloomberg lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. …

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Remember those claims that 80 to 90% of Americans wanted expanded background checks?: Well, no so much support for specific bills

1 Dec , 2016  

UPDATE January 27, 2014: In a new national ad, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords again implies that since 90% of Americans support background checks that means that they will support the legislation that she is pushing.

“What is Congress afraid of? Nine out of 10 Americans support background checks. They make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns.

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

9 Oct , 2016  

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

2 May , 2016  

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.,