In his report, Ben Swann on the local Fox affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia mentions the CPRC research on the number of permits issued as well as our work on how law-abiding permit holders are.
Washington Post, November 3, 2015
One big factor driving this trend? An explosion in the popularity of concealed-carry handgun permits. Data maintained by independent researcher and gun rights advocate John Lott suggests that the number of concealed carry permit holders jumped from around 3 million in the early 2000s to over 11 million by 2014.
John Lott was interviewed by Gabriel Brust with Portugues do Brasil about the move to liberalize their gun laws (November 2, 2015):
With the advancement in the National Congress of the bill repealing the Disarmament Statute in force since 2003, making it less rigid rules for the acquisition of firearms, a war of conflicting numbers municia those who defend and who is opposed to changing the law.
CPRC’s John Lott was interviewed by Fox News about a permit holder who stopped a robbery in Chicago:
. . . The incident could add more fuel to the ongoing debate about whether the proliferation of handguns is responsible for crime or if more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens can actually make people safer.
Christy Stutzman, the mom of a high schooler and the wife of Congressman Marlin Stutzman, announced the formation of a new organization called “Mothers Against Gun-Free Zones.” From her piece in today’s Washington Times:
. . . My No. 1 priority is to know with assurance that my son will be kept safe in every way and that, if attacked, he will have the ability and freedom to defend himself.
The Orange County Register (Orange County, California) and the Press Enterprise (Riverside County, California), October 20, 2015
But if someone is intent on breaking laws against murder, it is safe to assume that laws creating “gun-free zones” will not deter them. In fact, in many cases, it seems to attract them, as they can feel comforted knowing that they will be able to wreak their havoc upon a large number of helpless victims unable to fight back.
Voice of America, October 13, 2015
Critics, such as John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, take issue with Everytown’s numbers.
“A number of fact checks have found significant mistakes in Everytown’s report,” Lott said in an email. “Among their mistakes, they include: shootings that are off of school property and do not involve people who have anything to do with the school, legitimate self defense gun uses, and gang shootings and lone suicides that were well outside of school hours that do not involve anyone connected to the school.” .
In the Washington Times on October 14, 2015:
But John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said gun-related homicides and suicides were declining in Australia even before the restrictions were imposed, and the trend simply continued after the new laws.
“It’s really hard to look at Australia and find anything that goes and supports the clamor of gun control advocates,” he said.
In a case where a concealed handgun permit holder in Michigan may have used excessive force with her permitted concealed handgun to stop a shoplifter, the New York Times references the CPRC’s John Lott.
John Lott, an economist, author and prominent advocate of concealed carry, said millions of people have concealed carry permits, yet incidents like these “are incredibly rare.” .
John Lott testified before the Michigan state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 3 PM.
MLive.com had this:
His comments were echoed by John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” a book that has become a central document for gun rights advocates since its first edition was published in 1998.