Concealed Handgun Permit Report, Gun Control Laws

New Concealed Carry Report For 2020: 19.48 Million Permit Holders, 820,000 More Than Last Year despite many states shutting down issuing permits because of the Coronavirus

2 Oct , 2020  

A copy of our newest report is available here (please download). Copies of our annual reports from 2014 through 2019 are available here.

UPDATE: Some more recent data is shown at the bottom of this post and shows that the number of permits have increased by 681,246 since the last report was released.…

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Original Research

New Research: Comparing the Global Rate of Mass Public Shootings to the U.S.’s Rate and Comparing their Changes Over time: 1998 to 2017

11 Aug , 2020  

You can download a copy of our new research available here. Please download and read it.


The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.

Over the 20 years from 1998 to 2017, our list contains 2,772 attacks and at least 5,764 shooters outside the United States and 62 attacks and 66 shooters within our country.  By

Original Research

Original Research: Why do most countries ban mail-in ballots?: They have seen massive vote fraud problems

3 Aug , 2020  

Given all the concern about vote fraud, the CPRC investigated how other countries have handled the process. The paper is available for download here. Here is the abstract:

Thirty-seven states have so far changed their mail-in voting procedures this year in response to the Coronavirus. Despite frequent claims that President Trump’s warning about vote fraud/voting buying with mail-in ballots is “baselessly” or “without evidence” about mail-in vote fraud, there are numerous examples of vote fraud and vote buying with mail-in ballots in the United States and across the world.


Defensive Gun Use

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Stops Mass Public Shooting in Brownsburg, Indiana

17 Jul , 2020  

Here is another example where police have said that if it wasn’t for the presence of a legal concealed handgun permit holder many others could have been killed. Fortunately, one of the people wounded in the shooting had a permitted concealed handgun and was able to then get out of his car and shoot the attacker.…

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Original Research

The Crime Prevention Research Center completely dominates the Social Science Research Network’s listing of Academic Crime Research

13 Jul , 2020  

The Social Science Research Network’s eLibrary provides 947,686 research papers from 498,760 researchers in more than 50 disciplines.

Dr. John Lott’s work was the 48th most downloaded researcher over the last 12 months, and he is the 24th most downloaded researcher ever.

No other researcher or university or center has a even a fraction as many top crime papers as does the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Original Research

Analysis of murder data in Baltimore: 82% of Victims have criminal record, 81% of suspects have criminal record, average victim had 10.8 arrests

6 Apr , 2020  

Clearly neither the victims nor perpetrators of murders are “normal” people — both groups are overwhelmingly criminals. Sixty-five percent of murders occurred for unknown reasons, and there were only 86 suspects for these 348 murders. Fifty-nine percent of murders occurred on the street.

Homicides in Baltimore largely involve criminals killing criminals.…

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New Research Published at Econ Journal Watch: How the U.S. Compares to Other Countries in the Rate of Public Mass Shooters

3 Apr , 2020  

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. and our research director, Professor Carlisle E. Moody, have published a new research paper at Econ Journal Watch.


Adam Lankford (2016) claims that the United States accounted for 31 percent of the world’s public mass shooters over the 47 years from 1966 to 2012. After four years of extensive worldwide media coverage, Lankford—in response to our paper (Lott and Moody 2019)—finally made one of his datasets available.


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.…



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.

Gun Control Laws

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.


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.