22 Nov , 2014

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

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.

20 Nov , 2014

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

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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18 Nov , 2014

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

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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16 Nov , 2014

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

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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16 Nov , 2014

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

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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12 Nov , 2014

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

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 .

11 Nov , 2014

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Murder rate continues to fall as concealed handgun permits soar

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).

1 Nov , 2014

Do Right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime?

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.…

30 Oct , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We’re sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks.

Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals.

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1 Oct , 2014

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CPRC on the Glenn Beck Show on The Blaze TV, discussing women stalking victims and guns used for self protection


On August 26th, John Lott and Frank Miniter were on The Glenn Beck Show to discuss some cases where women have been stalking victims (particularly, Taylor Woolrich’s case). Dana Loesch was substituting for Glenn. The audio of the TV show is available here (Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 5:20 to 5:40 PM EDT).…

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