Original Research

Less than 0.1% of guns are used in crime in any given year

26 Jul , 2021  

The National Crime Victimization Survey, in the latest year that it is available, 2019, shows that firearms were used 440,830 incidents for rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults (Table 25). The FBI Uniform Crime Reports shows that firearms were used in 10,258 murders. Some put the number of gun in the US at around 400 million, if you assume that on average each criminal firearm is used in two different crimes, a definite underestimate, only about 0.056% of firearms are used in a crime in any given year.…

Investigative News Piece

At Real Clear Investigations: Despite What Biden Says, Guns Factor in Only a Small Percentage of Violent Crimes

20 Jul , 2021  

Dr. John Lott has a new investigative news piece at Real Clear Investigations that was also up on the Real Clear Politics page.

In response to sharp increases in violent crime, President Biden stressed again last week that his administration is focused on “stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes.” 


Campus carry

What is the danger to allowing Concealed handguns on University property?: Shootings by permit holders from 2012 to May 2021

14 Jun , 2021  

Remember that 12 states mandate that public universities allow permitted concealed handguns on public college campuses (the NCSL excludes Tennessee from their list because professors and staff and not students (except for graduate teaching assistants) are allowed to carry). Twenty-three other states leave it up to the individual schools. This post is an updated list of what we had published in March 2018.…


Original Research

New Research: Corrections to the FBI’s Reports on Active Shooting Incidents

4 Jun , 2021  

This new research by Dr. John Lott is available here. While he was working at the Department of Justice, he put together a report on errors in the FBI’s Reports on Active Shooting incidents.


The claim in the original FBI report that active shooting cases have increased over time was a result of data errors, both in terms of how the cases were collected and the missing of many attacks.


Investigative News Piece, Original Research, Vote Fraud

At Real Clear Investigations: America the Outlier: Voter Photo IDs Are the Rule in Europe and Elsewhere

1 Jun , 2021  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Real Clear Investigation/Real Clear Politics and the Daily Signal and American Greatness.

Democrats and much of the media are pushing to make permanent the extraordinary, pandemic-driven measures to relax voting rules during the 2020 elections – warning anew of racist voter “suppression” otherwise.

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Mass Public Shootings

What Percent of Mass Public Shooters are White Supremacists?

21 May , 2021  

The news media and entertainment television keep pushing the notion that most mass public shootings are done by white supremacists. Who is a white supremacist is actually fairly difficult to determine because many of the classifications are based on solely whether the person visited neo-Nazis or white supremacist website.

The Government Accountability Office has a report identifying white supremacists and neo-Nazis from 2000 through 2016.…

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Original Research

New Research: Not all right-to-carry laws are the same

21 May , 2021  

Prof. Carl Moody, the CPRC’s Research Director, has a new paper (available here) explaining why so many other papers are making mistakes in how they estimate the impact of concealed handguns on crime rates. The point might seem obvious, that there are huge differences in right-to-carry laws across states, but it is a fact that seems to be ignored by virtually all the other research on both sides of the debate.…


Vote Fraud

New Research: Why Do Most Countries Require Photo Voter IDs?: They Have Seen Massive Vote Fraud Problems. Notes also on proxy and absentee voting

19 May , 2021  

The paper on in-person and proxy voting rules can be downloaded here. There are 157 pages of appendices so that people can check the information provided. The paper on absentee voting rules is available here.


Americans keep hearing that there is no need to protect against vote fraud, that fraud is either non-existent or extremely rare.…

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Original Research

Types of guns used in Mass Public Shootings 1998 through March 2021

8 Apr , 2021  

Our dataset of Mass Public Shooting List US 1998-March 2021 provides information on the ages, political views, and religious beliefs of mass public shooters and these killers’ race and gender.  And it also provides information on the types of guns used. Eleven percent of these attacks involve only rifles of any type, with “assault rifles” being a subset of that.…


Constitutional Carry

There are 20 Constitutional Carry States

3 Apr , 2021  

You will now be able to carry a concealed handgun from West Virginia to Idaho or from Arizona to Montana without a permit.

Iowa became the 19th state. In Iowa, the House vote was 60-37 and in the Senate it passed 31-17. In the House, all the Republicans and one Democrat voted for the bill, and in the Senate, it was a pure party line vote.…

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