10 Oct , 2014

CPRC at CNN: “Why blacks should have more guns”

CNN’s John Blake has a new article on how race and guns. Bob Cottrol is also interviewed for the piece. Here is part of the discussion:

Some gun rights advocates say contemporary black communities could learn from that tradition of self-defense.
Restrictive gun control laws often victimize black people more than any other group because they suffer disproportionately from violent crime, says John R.

9 Oct , 2014

CPRC in the Washington Times: “Bloomberg group’s mass-shootings report ‘riddled with errors’: gun reseacher”

From The Washington Times:

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is “riddled with errors,” including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter’s mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott.  

30 Sep , 2014

CPRC in the Washington Times: More evidence that the high costs of concealed handgun permits disarms poor blacks

This valuable data shows the gross disparity in concealed handgun permits by race and income in Chicago. Besides the $650 to get a permit (fees and training costs), one can’t take the handguns with them on public transportation and there are no shooting ranges to train within Chicago. Both the fees and the lack of training facilities in Chicago make it particularly difficult for poor blacks to get a permit.…

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26 Sep , 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek cites CPRC study on the number of concealed handgun permits

The piece by Joel Rosenblatt notes the comparison our recent study made between the explosion in concealed handgun permits and dropping murder rates:

Gun control advocates say that math is dangerous, because without stringent permitting, the odds go up that guns will fall into the wrong hands.
“The more guns you have in public spaces, the more likely you are to have altercations between people that become deadly,” Mike McLively, a lawyer at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said in an interview.

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25 Sep , 2014

CPRC in the Brown University Daily Herald on the University of Rhode Island move to arm campus police

The article in the Brown Daily Herald discussed our recent study that college age permit holders are extremely law-abiding:

But John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said he supports URI’s decision. “It’s hard for me to fathom why people wouldn’t want to let police officers carry guns,” he added.

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25 Sep , 2014

CPRC discussed in new Forbes article: “How Bloomberg’s Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring”

The article today in Forbes starts this way and is highly recommended:

With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates.

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17 Sep , 2014

CPRC on the new proposed DC Concealed Handgun regulations at the Blaze

From the Blaze:

. . . However, Dr. John Lott Jr., Second Amendment expert and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told TheBlaze the proposed law is not a huge win for gun rights.

Lott said politicians in Washington, D.C., are considering passing a “may issue” concealed carry law that would come with a laundry list of restrictions and the final decision on issuing concealed carry permits would be “arbitrary” and left to government officials.

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17 Sep , 2014

CPRC research discussed in Alabama Today

Alabama Today has a detailed discussion on concealed handgun permits in the state, noting that there are now about 470,000 permit holders in Alabama.  The news article relies heavily on our July report on concealed handgun permits around the country.

Unfortunately, there were some weaknesses in the piece.

— The six states that allow people to carry without a permit very likely have even higher rates of legal concealed carry than Alabama ( no permits are required in Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Montana (99.4% of the state), Wyoming, and Vermont).…

25 Aug , 2014

Illinois robbery rate has fallen by 20 percent since concealed handgun permits started being issued

Given the small percentage of Illinoisans who have obtained a concealed handgun permit, it is very doubtful that permitted concealed could have a significant impact on crime rates, though it might put criminals on notice and there were a few startling cases of self defense with permits in Illinois.  In one case in Chicago, a former soldier with a legal permit to carry stopped a gang from killing four people who had just left a party.  

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8 Aug , 2014

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CPRC in the News: San Diego Union Tribune on our national conference


The San Diego Union Tribune article by Lyndsay Winkley had the following:

The national gun debate turned to college campuses after a San Diego woman gave a speech to an activist gathering in Washington D.C. Tuesday criticizing her Ivy League college for not letting her carry a concealed weapon to protect herself from a longtime stalker.

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