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CPRC at Fox News: “Hidden consequences of Washington State’s gun background check Initiative 594”

1 Nov , 2014  

CPRC’s John Lott has another piece at Fox News that starts this way:

Let’s say a stalker is threatening 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?

If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison.

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CPRC on the Lars Larson Radio Show: “Is the attack in Canada proof that restrictive gun laws don’t work?”

29 Oct , 2014  

John Lott joined Lars Larson’s national radio show to discuss the attack on the Canadian Parliament building (October 23, 2014 from 6:37 to 6:45 PM EDT available here).

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CPRC on the Jim Bohannon Show to discuss the Supreme Court decision over “straw purchasers”

17 Jun , 2014  

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Abramski v. United States. The case involved a police officer, Bruce Abramski, who bought a gun, a Glock 19 handgun, for his uncle. The officer, who is a federally licensed dealer and could get a discount on guns, bought the gun in Virginia and they transferred the gun to his uncle through a second licensed dealer in Pennsylvania, where his uncle lives.…

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CPRC on the Dennis Miller Show: Discussing Background Checks and Bloomberg Funded Research

10 Mar , 2014  

The audio of John Lott’s interview with Dennis Miller is available here (March 10, 2014, 12:35 to 1 PM).

Dennis Miller’s kind endorsement of the CPRC at the end of the interview:

We are talking to John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, and if you ever see that name or that organization’s name ascribed to a study I would encourage you to read it because John will follow the data and I think just present you with the facts of it.

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CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM to discuss Obama’s Expanded Background Checks

4 Mar , 2014  

The audio of John Lott’s interview on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory is available here. Lott was in the news segment for 3 minutes to discuss the Obama administration implementing his executive orders on background checks.

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CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily on the 20th Anniversary of the Brady Law: “Brady Law Has Done Little To Keep Guns Out Of Criminals’ Hands”

4 Mar , 2014  

The Brady Law stops law-abiding Americans, not criminals, from getting guns. John Lott’s piece at Investor’s Business Daily starts this way:

Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law, a federal gun control in honor of James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s former press secretary who was wounded in John Hinckley’s assassination attempt.

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Obama’s impact on US gun sales, a warning about using NICS checks to measure gun sales

22 Feb , 2014  

Gun sales have exploded under the Obama administration even while crime rates have fallen. Jason Riley has recently made that point in the Wall Street Journal. NICS checks for guns are a rather imperfect measure of gun sales. People can buy multiple guns with one sale. NICS checks are also inflated because they are used by states to periodically check concealed handgun permit holders.…

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CPRC on KMOX to discuss new studies funded by Bloomberg on school shootings and Missouri

20 Feb , 2014  

John Lott appeared on the Mark Reardon Show on KMOX to discuss new research funded by Michael Bloomberg on schooling shootings and Missouri ending its universal background check rules for handguns. The audio of the interview is available here (KMOX, Thursday, February 20, 4:05 to 4:14 PM CST).

Note: There was an error at the beginning of the segment suggesting that Bloomberg gave money to the CPRC.…

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What does Missouri show about the benefits from universal background checks?: Nothing really. Notes on the forthcoming Journal of Urban Health study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health

18 Feb , 2014  

There has been some attention given yesterday and today about a study coming out from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University:

Repeal of Missouri’s background check law associated with increase in state’s murders

Missouri’s 2007 repeal of its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law, which required all handgun purchasers to obtain a license verifying that they have passed a background check, contributed to a sixteen percent increase in Missouri’s murder rate, according to a new study from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

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Fewer than 1 percent of state prison inmates obtained their guns at the time of offense from gun shows, costs of regulations exceed benefits

4 Feb , 2014  


What is interesting is the remarkable consistency of the rate that criminals obtained their guns from gun shows (a copy of the earlier report is available here).

One problem with using these surveys is that people think that if one were to actually stop all criminals from obtaining guns from gun shows or through some other way, that will actually stop the criminals from getting guns.…

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