8 Mar , 2018

Spike in premeditated killing of police officers, changes in who is killing police

Over the last couple of decades, it is hard to see any particular pattern in the number of police officers who have been murdered in the line of duty, but the pattern for ambush killings, attacks that involved premeditation is a different story.  During the years from 20 years from 1996 to 2015, on average 8 percent of police officers who were murdered died in premeditated attacks.  …

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22 Feb , 2018

Information on K-12 School and University Shootings Deaths: The number of deaths has been declining over time

The data below show the changes over time in both deaths from shootings at K-12 through college and also deaths from mass public shootings.

 

This data updates an earlier report that we had put out on deaths from school shootings in June 2014. Shooting deaths at K-12 schools make up over 78% of deaths at all schools, but despite an unusually large number of deaths so far this school year, both the number of deaths and the number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools has been declining over time.  …

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14 Feb , 2018

UPDATE: CPRC Original Research: All but two of the 25 worst mass public shootings, 60 of the worst 68, occurred outside the United States

Picture of victim being removed from ISIS attack in Tunisia that left 39 people dead

LAST UPDATED: Updated on February 14, 2018.  Previous November 1, 2017;  April 29, 2016 (originally posted on June 28, 2015) (Detailed discussion on Europe and the rest of the world can be found in Dr.…

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17 Jan , 2018

NEW RESEARCH: The impact of illegal aliens on crime rates, data codebook and “do file”

The Crime Prevention Research Center is proud to reveal new research that analyzes unique newly released data on crime rates by illegal aliens.  Please download a copy: available here.

The data as a STATA file is available here.  See also the codebook and the “do file” (also a STATA file).

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7 Jan , 2018

UPDATED: 21.5 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 23 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

CPRC has found that there are 22 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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25 Sep , 2017

Concealed handgun permit holders much less likely to drive recklessly than other drivers

Some public health researchers have attempted to link permitted concealed carry to aggressive or reckless driving.  Before turning to two of the papers by public health researchers, let’s look at some of the data on driving behavior.  Just as handgun permit holders are incredibly law-abiding, they also drive much more responsibly than the general public.

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2 Sep , 2017

Revised our research on police shootings

We have worked hard to revise and expand our research on police shootings. We are proud of this research, and strongly recommend that people download it and read it.  The study is available here.

Abstract

Using a unique new data set on police-involved homicides, we apply several discrimination tests to determine if white police officers discriminate against black suspects.

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5 Aug , 2017

“Gun seizures at U.S. airports on record-setting pace,” but 97% of the change explained by increase in permits, Washington Post mentions on our research

Fred Kunkle at the Washington Post has a story about the record number of seizures of guns at airports and is calling for stiffer penalties.

. . . The increase in gun seizures is no doubt a reflection of record numbers of air travelers and the rising number of Americans who have permits to carry concealed weapons.

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19 Jul , 2017

New Study: Over 16.3 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw the largest increase ever in number of permits

The CPRC has just issued our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available for download here.  Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post.  The most recent and past reports can be viewed here.  …

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14 Jul , 2017

12.3% of Americans sometimes carry handguns, 5.4% of Americans carry most or all the time, & 2.4% carry all the time

One of the big questions about concealed carry is how frequently permit holders carry their guns.  At least 6.5% of the adult population has a concealed handgun permit, but with 14 states allowing people to carry without a permit, it is hard to know how many people actually carry.  But a new Pew Research Center Survey makes it possible to estimate the percentage of the adult population in the US carries guns with them and how frequently they carry them, though their number would include both concealed and open carry.  …

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