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CPRC at Breitbart on FBI’s problematic study on Mass Public Shootings

21 Oct , 2014  

The story by Kristin Tate at Breitbart starts off this way:

A fresh report by the FBI would lead one to believe that mass shootings in the U.S. have dramatically increased during recent years. But according to economist John Lott — Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center — the agency’s recent study is riddled with errors and may be nothing more than a bogus attempt to peddle a political agenda.

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CPRC on CNN: Notes on California’s new gun violence restraining orders (UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune picks up on CPRC’s discussion)

11 Oct , 2014  


The CNN debate shown in the above youtube video was broadcast on the Michael Smerconish Show at 9:30 to 9:35 AM and 6:30 to 6:35 PM EDT, Saturday, October 11, 2014.

California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist.…

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

10 Oct , 2014  

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.

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

9 Oct , 2014  

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.  

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

30 Sep , 2014  

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

26 Sep , 2014  

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

25 Sep , 2014  

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

25 Sep , 2014  

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

17 Sep , 2014  

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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CPRC research discussed in Alabama Today

17 Sep , 2014  

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).…