16 Apr , 2015

CPRC in Politifact on which states have the most concealed handgun permits

From Politifact Florida:

We interviewed John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center which compiles data on gun permits in states. Lott, an academic and Fox News columnist, published the book More Guns, Less Crime through the University of Chicago in 2010.

He said there are four factors that influence the number of gun permits in a state: the amount of fees, hours of required training, how many places people can or can’t carry their firearms and how many years the rules have been in effect.

9 Apr , 2015

CPRC at Fox News on the impact of police seizing people’s guns and not returning them

Malia Zimmerman’s piece contained this discussion:

. . . . These tactics are a way for police departments or the government to make it more costly to own guns, said John Lott, an economist, leading expert on guns, and author at the Crime Prevention Research Center. Lott believes the illegal policies most hurt poor gun owners, who not only are less likely to afford to get their property back, but also typically live in neighborhoods where they are more vulnerable to crime.

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9 Apr , 2015

WT front page on gun sales

CPRC in the Washington Times on the big surge in gun production since 1999

. . . The biggest change in production has come under President Obama. From 2001 to 2007, gun production held steady at between 3 million and 4 million units a year. It topped 4 million in 2008 but shot to 5.6 million in 2009, held steady in 2010 and then spiked to 8.6 million guns in 2012 and a record 10.8 million in 2013, according to ATF data.

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9 Apr , 2015

Washington Times Survey of Economists on Guns

CPRC Survey of economists gets front page mention in the Washington Times

The Washington Times covered our survey of economists that was conducted by Professor Gary Mauser.    Stephen Dinan’s article that compared our survey to one done at the same time by David Hemenway:

. . . Take Mr. Mauser’s question about self-defense and crimes: While 83 percent of economists believed guns were more likely to be used for self-defense, nearly three-quarters of Mr.

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31 Mar , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “Media misfire? Columbia J-school, Bloomberg unite to teach gun coverage”

Perry Chiaramonte’s news article has this discussion of the CPRC and our survey that Gary Mauser oversaw of economists and their views on gun control:

Critics who think the media has an anti-firearm agenda won’t like the lineup behind a high-powered, upcoming seminar aimed at training reporters to cover the issue of gun violence.

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24 Mar , 2015

Is FBI fudging crime report statistics

Fox News stories on our research about the FBI fudging mass shooting statistics is at the very top of the website and is the most viewed story

The Fox News story is available here.  If you are interested in reading our original report that will be published this week in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today, please download it here.  Right now the coverage of our report is at the very top of the Fox News website.…

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23 Mar , 2015

CPRC in the Idaho Statesman: Discussing the increase in concealed handgun permits and what it means

From an article by Bill Dentzer in the Idaho Statesman:

. . . The move toward “shall-issue” accelerated in the mid-1980s. Florida became a shall-issue state in 1987, and now has 1.3 million concealed carry permit holders – roughly 10 percent of the national number, according to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, a pro-gun research group in Washington, D.C.

22 Mar , 2015

Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends

Former Maryland state police Captain and new CPRC Fellow Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends


CPRC’s research on concealed handguns is discussed here, though we are going to have to work with Jack a little bit to get the name right!

12 Mar , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “Is gun ownership really down in America?”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News:

Is gun ownership falling? The answer is yes, at least if you believe a new General Social Survey (GSS) by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Supposedly, since the late 1970s, the percentage of homes with a gun has fallen from approximately 50 percent to 32 percent.  

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5 Mar , 2015

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CPRC testimony before the Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee on eliminating many Gun-Free Zones

A video of the first panel testifying on the bill to reduce the number of gun-free zones in Nevada is available below (Lott’s testimony starts at 5:54 into the video below).  Since the first panel went through a lot of the facts regarding guns and schools as well as mass public shootings, the opponents of the bill were put in a difficult position.  …

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