13 Jul , 2017

Problems with discretion: Few Concealed Handgun Permits Given to Hispanics, Blacks, or Women in Los Angeles County

In 2013, LA Weekly obtained a list of the 341 concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles County, California.  That is only about 0.0045% of the 7.7 million adults living in the county in 2013.  As of January this year, there were only 226 permits, about 0.0029% of the adult population.  …

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12 Jul , 2017

Responding to John Donohue’s responses to our evaluation of his new study

John Donohue responded to our comments on our website and in an op-ed at Fox News.  Below we go through and respond to the points that he raised.  Amusingly, the author of the original piece in Michael Bloomberg’s “The Trace” emailed Donohue as soon as my comments came out.  While The Trace pretends to be a regular news outlet, Mr.…

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9 Jul , 2017

The flawed and misleading Donohue, Aneja, & Weber Study claiming right-to-carry laws increase violent crime

A new, unpublished study by John Donohue, Abhay Aneja, and Kyle Weber has received a lot of attention for supposedly finding some evidence that right-to-carry laws increase overall violent crime rates.  It has been covered in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Vice, Snopes, and many newspapers such as Newsday and the Salt Lake City Tribune.  …

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7 Jul , 2017

Cases where people facing death threats have been denied getting concealed handgun permits

Martin Luther King Jr is probably one of the more famous cases where someone who received numerous death threats was denied getting a permitted concealed handgun for protection.  Below is a list of similar cases where people who have their lives threatened have been prevented by government officials to defend themselves with a gun.…

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5 May , 2017

Some Defensive Gun Uses with permitted concealed handguns over last month, a mass public shooting may have been stopped

Arlington, Texas, May 3, 2017

A concealed carry holder is being heralded as a “hero” by Arlington police for preventing mass murder by killing an “incoherent” gunman at a bar Wednesday evening.

Before he was shot about 6:15 p.m., the gunman killed the manager of Zona Caliente in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street, police spokesman Christopher Cook said.

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10 Apr , 2017

Mike Bloomberg vows $25 million in 2018 to fight “concealed carry”

Michael Bloomberg continues pouring tons money into pushing gun control.  Last November he spent $28 million on his two initiatives in Nevada and Maine.  From 2013 to 2016, Bloomberg donated a total of $48 million to candidates running for federal office. The NRA contributed a measly $2.1 million.  Now Bloomberg is going to spend $25 million going after concealed carry laws.  …

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5 Feb , 2017

UPDATED: Accidental shootings on K-12 and University property by permit holders

We know of seven cases: one involving a teacher at an elementary school and the other six at colleges and universities around the country.  (The CPRC earlier report on the revocation rate data for college-age permit holders is available here.)

Keeping in mind that 25 states allow concealed handguns to varying degrees at K-12 schools, here is the case involving K-12 schools:

The Associated Press has this story from 2014:

Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom agreed Wednesday to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.

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27 Nov , 2016

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US Military will allow personnel to carry firearms on military bases with approval

The picture above is from the 2015 shooting at the Chattanooga military recruiting office.  The gun-free zone sign is clearly visible on the front door.  In a series of articles, Dr. John Lott has repeatedly raised the concern that while military personnel were mandated to keep their weapons with them at all times when stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, the were forbidden to keep their guns with them on US military bases (e.g., 2009, 2014a, 2014b, 2015a, 2015b).…

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26 Nov , 2016

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Democrats promise to filibuster and kill national reciprocity for concealed carry in the US Senate

The figure above shows the 32 states that honor a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit (resident).  Interested readers can look up where other state permits are honored here.

Since the November 8th election, there has been some hope that national reciprocity for concealed handgun permits would be similar to that for driver’s licenses.  …

14 May , 2016

Texas Permit Percent by State

Texas becomes the Third State with over a million Concealed Handgun Permit Holders, with 5.3% of adult population

Texas is now the third state that has more than a million active concealed handgun permit holders.  As of April 30th they had 1,017,618 permit holders, about 5.3% of the adult population.  The map above shows the percent of the population with concealed handgun permits and for five counties the percent of the adult population with permits.…