28 Feb , 2015

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CPRC’s research used in legislative debate over gun-free zones in South Dakota

Our research has been used in legislative  debate over allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses.  The state House bill that would allow concealed carry at the University of South Dakota was defeated by a 48 to 20 vote.  The president of the University of South Dakota, James Abbott, made the typical claim: “Guns and students on campus don’t mix very well.”  While the bill was defeated, the CPRC’s research was available to help show that the concerns were not based on facts.…

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26 Feb , 2015

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CPRC testifies before the Wyoming State Senate on Gun-Free Zones

John Lott was the lead witness to testify before the Wyoming state Senate Education Committee about a bill to eliminate gun-free zones in government buildings and public school and universities.

From Wyoming Public Radio:

Only concealed permit holders would be allowed to have the concealed guns. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center testified that permit holders have a strong safety record.

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25 Feb , 2015

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Greg Gutfeld gives a shoutout on The Five to our research

Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>

The text of Gutfeld’s monologue is available here. Greg’s discussion about our work is at 4:35 into the video.

At about 3:00 into the video, Juan William claims that “half of killings are done by families,” it is completely wrong. In the latest year the data is available, 2013, if you add up murders involving Husband, Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, or Sister, you get a total of 1,419.…

24 Feb , 2015

CPRC in the Chicago Tribune: “Take a gun to the mall”

John Lott’s newest piece at the Chicago Tribune starts this way:

Over the weekend Somali terrorists threatened to attack the Mall of America in Minnesota. They called for a massacre similar to the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed and injured scores of people. With the large Somali population in the Twin Cities area, the threat is hard to ignore.

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17 Feb , 2015

CPRC at Fox News discussing “Microstamping” shell casings

From “Gun rights groups await judge’s ruling on California’s ‘microstamping’ law” by reporter Malia Zimmerman at Fox News:

California’s gun laws are among the nation’s strictest, but a looming decision in a federal lawsuit could effectively ban handguns altogether in the Golden State, according to plaintiffs who want a judge to toss out a state law requiring all new handguns to be equipped with technology that “stamps” each shell casing with a traceable mark.

16 Feb , 2015

CPRC at Fox News: “Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News on the New York Times reporting the latest Violence Policy Center claims starts this way:

People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another.

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14 Feb , 2015

CPRC in the Christian Science Monitor and Yahoo News and other places

This is from Patrik Jonsson’s article that originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Yahoo News:

Others, however, including John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” have found the opposite – that the addition of 6 million concealed-carry permits since 2007 correlates in some fashion to a 22 percent drop in the overall murder and violent crime rates in the US.

29 Jan , 2015

Iowa’s concealed handgun permits soar 450 percent since 2010, CPRC in the news at Fox News

From an article at Fox News:

In 2010, Iowa’s numbers were just shy of 40,000, but according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, last year the number crested 220,000. In 2011 alone, the number of permits issued in the state more than doubled.

Nationally, a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that between 2007 and 2014 found there was a 127-percent increase in gun permit holders in America.

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29 Jan , 2015

CPRC in the New York Daily News: Rates that police kill black and white teenagers

From the New York Daily News:

Black male teenagers are killed by police 2.3 times as often as whites, John Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, found. . . .

While the 2.3 times number is much more accurate than the claims put forward by Slate and Pro Publica, we have argued that even this number is misleading. …

23 Jan , 2015

The impact of the CPRC: Our research being used in debates over gun control

North Dakota’s House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on bill that “would allow elected officials with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in public buildings.” From the Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) discussing the debate over the bill:

. . . “Statistics show that there is a direct correlation between the increase in the number of conceal-carry permits and the decline of violent crime,” [Rep.