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CPRC in the Washington Post: “‘New’ research on gun laws and crime was flawed”

25 Nov , 2014  

The CPRC has a letter to the editor today at the Washington Post that discusses a recent working paper that was discussed in the Post on November 14th.

Dear Letters Editor:

Christopher Ingraham’s “More Guns, More Crime” ignored research critical of a slightly updated, error-ridden paper by law professor John Donohue and two graduate students co-authors.

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In an attempt to control high murder rates, Russia is starting to allow concealed carry

22 Nov , 2014  

From the International Business Times:

Russia, which according to official figures has the fifth highest murder rate in the world, has relaxed its gun ownership laws.

Previously, Russians were only allowed to own firearms for hunting or target practice, but under the new laws they will be allowed to carry them for self-defence as well.

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CPRC in Investor’s Business Daily: “America Should Make It Easier To Carry Guns”

20 Nov , 2014  

John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily discusses what Americans can learn from Israel about stopping terrorism.  The piece starts this way:

Terrorism is forcing Israel to let civilians carry guns in even the most sensitive religious areas in the wake of Palestinian attacks in places from a sidewalk to the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue.

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How Israel is responding to terrorist attacks: recognizing that armed police/military can’t protect everywhere

18 Nov , 2014  

The horrible death today at Har Nof Shul left five people dead and others wounded.  Israel’s Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who has been pushing for ever tighter gun control laws, has announced some easing of controls, letting some people carry with them all the time, even in sensitive places (see also here and here).  …

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Problems with the Washington Post’s and Huffington Post’s “more guns, more crime” claims

16 Nov , 2014  

The media over the last couple of days has been pointing to a revised paper by Abhay Aneja, John J. Donohue III, and Alexandria Zhang that has been floating around in various forms since at least 2009.  Their earlier paper claimed that right-to-carry laws and no impact on murder, rape and robber. …

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Mother uses permitted concealed handgun to protect her 13-year-old son after armed gang members shoot him in the leg and foot

16 Nov , 2014  

Our research shows how it is poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas who benefit the most from having a gun to protect themselves.  This story from ABC TV News in Columbus,  Ohio provides a dramatic example of this point:

A mother and her 13-year-old son were at the corner store in their neighborhood when police say two men approached them and opened fire, shooting her son in both feet.

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9th Circuit Appeals Court decision means ends of attempt to over turn decision that struck down California’s concealed carry law

12 Nov , 2014  

From Fox News:

the same three-judge panel that struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new opponents to join the fight against the ruling.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would bar other law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from appealing its ruling .

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Murder rate continues to fall as concealed handgun permits soar

11 Nov , 2014  

With the new crime data just released by the FBI yesterday, the big increase in concealed handgun permits after 2007 continues to be associated with a decline in murder rates (for the number of concealed handgun permits in 2013  see our report available here).

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Do Right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime?

1 Nov , 2014  

A 2012 survey of the literature is available here.  Some of the peer-reviewed research showing that concealed carry laws reduce violent crime is listed here.  For those interested in seeing our debate with Scientific American over whether some of the studies listed below should be included in our list, please see the discussion available here.…