New piece at Broad & Liberty: We don’t need Red Flag laws – we have the tools in place to help the mentally ill and protect people’s rights

10 Oct , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a piece at Broad & Liberty, a new opinion outlet in Philadelphia.

Everyone wants to stop dangerous people from getting guns. The hot new policy option before this committee is Red Flag laws, which take away the guns of people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. But there is a much more effective alternative already in place.



On the Blaze TV’s America with Eric Bolling: Warning of the biggest policy errors Congress could make with new gun control efforts

26 Aug , 2019   Video

Dr. John Lott talked to Eric Bolling on the Blaze TV about a range of gun control from universal background checks to Red Flag laws to gun-free zones.

(The Blaze TV, August 22, 2019)

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A deeper discussion about Red Flag Laws

19 May , 2019   Video

With 15 states having Red Flag Laws (also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders), Dr. John Lott joined Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams, who has promised not to enforce Colorado’s new Red Flag Law, to discuss the problems with these laws. Lott discussed the Crime Prevention Research Center’s new research on Red Flag Laws.…


CPRC’s Nikki Goeser on The Michigan Talk Network: Red Flag Laws

13 Apr , 2019  

Nikki Goeser talks with host Steve Gruber about Red Flag Laws. Nikki Goeser is a survivor of a violent crime in a Gun-Free Zone, where her husband was murdered in front of her by her stalker. Even after going through something as horrific as this, Nikki understands the importance of due process and how Red Flag Laws can violate that due process.…

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At the Washington Times: The folly of ‘Red Flag’ gun laws

5 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at the Washington Times discusses some of the problems with the Red Flag laws.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams in Colorado made news Monday over his willingness to go to jail over his refusal to enforce what will soon be the state’s new “Red Flag” law.



CPRC testifies before Pittsburgh City Council on gun-control: Universal Background Checks, Red Flag Laws, etc…

13 Feb , 2019   Video

Dr. Lott testified before the Pittsburgh City Council about a range of gun control laws that they are considering and offers a compromise in the debate on how to fix the Background Check System if they truly want Universal Background Checks. A compromise that seems to be ignored. Notice the behavior of Councilman Bruce Kraus at the end of the video.…

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New Research on Red Flag Laws: Do Red Flag Laws Save Lives or Reduce Crime?

20 Jan , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and Professor Carl Moody have new research on the Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Orders. A copy of the new research can be obtained here.


Red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary.…



Some notes on Red Flag Laws

31 Dec , 2018  

Dr. John Lott was involved in a hearing that was on the subject of Red Flag/Extreme Risk Protection Orders. Thirteen states currently have passed these laws. The audio here has just Dr. Lott’s discussion. The other speakers spoke on condition of anonymity, so we edited the audio to only include Lott’s comments, which may appear disjointed as a result.…


On Washington, DC’s WMAL to discuss Maryland’s Reg Flag Law

14 Nov , 2018  

Dr. John Lott was on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall with Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese to discuss Maryland’s new red flag law. So far in less than a month 114 people have had their guns taken away from them, and there has been one fatality from the process when the police confronted a man at 5:17 AM.…