10 Apr , 2016

Venezuela gun-free zone signs

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

Gun sales

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

San Bernardino Shooting picture

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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16 Jul , 2015

Map for 2015 Report

New Study: Over 12.8 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw by far the largest increase ever in the number of permits

The new report is available here.  Reports for other years including 2016 can be viewed here.  Part of the executive summary is shown here:

Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:

  • The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate.

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23 Jun , 2015

UPDATED: Comparing Death Rates from Mass Public Shootings and Mass Public Violence in the US and Europe

1) In his address to the nation after the Planend Parenthood attack, Obama claimed:  “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings: This just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

Senator Harry Reid made a similar statement on June 23rd: “The United States is the only advanced country where this type of mass violence occurs.  …

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15 Mar , 2015

Population of cities surrounding Ferguson

What the DOJ Report on Racism in the Ferguson Police Department left out

KTRS Program Director McGraw Milhaven had this important discussion about the Department of Justice report on Ferguson. Milhaven notes that while Ferguson is 67% black the surrounding towns are almost all completely black and that the traffic tickets and warrants are being put on those who live outside of Ferguson.  His point is that the tickets aren’t motivated by racism, but are an attempt to get those living in other towns to pay for running Ferguson.…


1 Mar , 2015

Bret Jessee Response in the Annals of internal Medicine 2:24:15

CPRC in the Annals of Internal Medicine on the supposed lack of medical journal research on firearms

CPRC Senior Research Fellow Charles Jessee had a comment accepted in the Annals of Internal Medicine that put straight the false claim that federal funding restrictions prevented research on firearms.