27 Jul , 2016

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CPRC research covered in the Washington Times, Breitbart, and Townhall: “Concealed carry permits at all-time high Women, minorities fasting-growing groups seeking license”

The Washington Times article started this way:

Nearly 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S.

26 Jul , 2016

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New Study: Over 14.5 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw the largest increase ever in the number of permits

UPDATE: Our newest annual study is available here.

Original: The CPRC has new issue of our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available here.  Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post.  Past reports can be viewed here.  …


30 Jun , 2016

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CPRC in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “What do we know about the Association between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-related Injuries”

CPRC President John Lott, CPRC Academic Board Member Carl Moody and CPRC Research Direction John Whitley had a letter in the June 16th issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology to point out errors in a recent paper in the journal by J. Santaella-Tenorio, A. Cerdá M, Villaveces, and Sandro Galea.…

28 Jun , 2016

Regulation Summer 2016

NEW CPRC research: Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?

Regulation (Summer 2016) has published some new research by John Lott and Gary Mauser on “Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?”   A copy of the article is available here.

10 Apr , 2016

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Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after 2012 ban on private ownership of guns

Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015.  A private organization, the Venezuelan Violence Observatory (OVV), puts the rate in 2015 at over 90 per 100,000 people.   The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan government’s claim that the ban is an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.”  The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns.  …


24 Mar , 2016

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NEW CPRC Report: Much less than 0.039% of guns sold by Federally Licensed Dealers stolen last year — a rate less than 1/30th the rate of theft for retail industry

A new report from the BATF points out that Federally Licensed Gun Dealers had 6,163 firearms stolen from them in 2015.  With the Obama administration finalizing a new rule to enhance dealer reporting of stolen or lost firearms, this BATF report allows us to investigate the size of the current stolen or lost firearm problem for dealers and to compare those rates to other retail outlets.  …


12 Feb , 2016

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New CPRC Study: Comparing the views of Economists and Criminologists on gun control

Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Beedie School of Business, and John Lott have a new survey of academic criminologists and economists who have done empirical research on guns that has some very interesting results.  A copy of the survey is available here.


Economists and Criminologists have very different models of human behavior.

12 Jan , 2016

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US becoming safer compared to Europe in both fatalities and frequency of Mass Public Shootings: US Now ranks 11th in fatalities and 12th in frequency

“But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close. And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.” –President Obama, announcing his new executive orders on guns, January 7, 2016 (Emphasis added.)

This claim is simply not true.  …


5 Jan , 2016

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New CPRC Research: “Do Background Checks on Private Gun Transfers help Stop Mass Public Shootings?”

Today President Obama addressed the issue of mass public shootings and background checks.  From the Fox News article today discussing our new study:

The report, published by the Crime Prevention Research Center on Jan. 2, argues that not only are background checks expensive, but that they have failed to thwart mass public shootings.

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17 Aug , 2015

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Fraudulent study in the American Journal of Public Health inaccurately claims that states with more guns have more police deaths

The end of last week a study in the American Journal of Public Health claimed that there were more police feloniously killed in states that had more guns. The study got extensive news coverage at the TV networks such as NBC News, newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times,  and international coverage such the UK Guardian.  …

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