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UPDATED: 20.5 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 24 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

16 Jan , 2020  

CPRC has found that there are at least 21 State Capitols in the U.S. which officially allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees, or all of the above.  Tennessee is the most recent state to allow carrying permitted concealed handguns into legislative buildings.  Some states require the individual have a handgun carry permit before being allowed to enter the Capitol with a firearm.…

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New Research: Survey on the views on gun control by academic criminologists, economists, and public health researchers

14 Dec , 2019  

Harvard’s Arthur Berg, Simon Fraser University’s Gary Mauser, and the CPRC’s John Lott surveyed academics who have published peer-reviewed empirical research on gun control issues in the just published latest issue of Regulation. A pdf is available to be downloaded here. The first paragraph in the piece starts this way:

Academics from different fields vary widely in their views on the effectiveness of gun control.

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New Research on Red Flag Laws: Do they save lives? Reduce homicides or suicides?

22 Nov , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and, our research director, Carlisle Moody have new research on the impact of Red Flag laws on homicides and suicides.

Abstract

Seventeen states have passed Red Flag or Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws which allow police, family members, individuals living in the same residence, and others to file a petition for a court order temporarily seizing the firearms of persons accused to be a danger to themselves or others.

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With all the concern about assault weapons, how has the share of murders with rifles changed over time?

4 Nov , 2019  

With all the concern about assault weapons since the federal ban sunset in 2004, it is interesting to see what a small share of murders are committed with any type of rifle and how even that share has fallen over time. The percentage of firearm murders with rifles was 4.8% prior to the ban starting in September 1994, 4.9% from 1995 to 2004 when the ban was in effect, and just 3.6% after that (3.9% if you look at just the first ten years after the an ended).…

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New Concealed Carry Report for 2019: 18.66 million permit holders despite 16 Constitutional Carry States, over 1.4 million more than last year

2 Oct , 2019  

A copy of our newest report is available here. Copies of our annual reports from 2014 through 2018 are available here.

Summary

The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million– a 304% increase since 2007.  …

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New Research: Do Researchers from Different Fields have a Consensus on Gun Control Laws and do Registered Voters Agree with any of them?

2 Sep , 2019  

Dr. John Lott joined with Professors Arthur Z Berg, MD and Gary A. Mauser in surveying criminologists, economists, and public health researchers on gun control. A copy of the new research is available here.

Abstract

Hundreds of millions of dollars go to firearms research on crime, suicides, and accidental deaths, but the vast majority of the money, particularly government money, is being spent on public health research.

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Breaking down Mass Public Shooting data from 1998 through June 2019: Info on weapons used; gun-free zones; racial, age, and gender demographics

7 Jul , 2019  

The Excel file with detailed information on mass public shootings is available here. With all the discussion about having another assault weapon ban, only 13% of mass public shootings are done solely with any type of rifle. Twenty-eight percent involve only a rifle or a rifle in combination with a handgun and/or a shotgun.…

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Showing how the percent of adults with concealed handgun permit changes in states over time from 2013 to 2018

29 May , 2019  

The graphs and tables below allow you to see how the percent of adults with concealed handgun permits are changing in states from 2013 to 2018. On the top right of graph is a toggle that allows you set the graphs for any years from 2013 to 2018 or over a range of years.…

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Major New Research on School Safety: Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours

13 May , 2019  

Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe: Data on the Rate of Shootings and Accidents in Schools that allow Teachers to Carry

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After the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago, one of the more significant changes in how we protect students has been the advance of legislation that allows teachers to carry guns at schools.…

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New Research in the journal Econ Journal Watch: “Is the United States an Outlier in Public Mass Shootings? A Comment on Adam Lankford”

9 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and our research director Professor Carl Moody have piece on what we believe has been one of the bigger academic frauds. The paper can be downloaded here.

Abstract

In 2016 Adam Lankford published a widely propagated article purporting to show that during a 47-year period the United States represented 31 percent of worldwide public mass shooters, and claiming that the outsized U.S.

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