According to this article, the house is going to take up national reciprocity in September.
This week, our research was discussed on ABC's “The View”, Fox News' “The Five”, and “Fox & Friends”. The Washington Post and Foxnews.com have run news stories on our research. The Chicago Tribune published our op-ed on how Democrats pass laws making gun ownership too expensive for poor people. Other op-eds appeared at The Hill and Fox News. We also appeared on Fox Business and on Turkish Worldwide Television. See the links below
As if all that weren’t enough, our crimeresearch.org website now exceeds NRA.org and Bloomberg's Everytown.org in web traffic. While the CPRC’s website ranks at 16,542, the NRA’s is 20,279 and Everytown’s isn’t even close at 73,973. Pretty amazing.
In mid-September, the US House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on a concealed handgun reciprocity bill which will make concealed carry permits valid across state lines (like driver’s licenses). Most states already accept out-of-state concealed handgun permits, but eight heavily Democratic states do not. If reciprocity becomes law, people in those states will quickly learn how unjustified their fears of permit holders are.
While the House of Representatives seems destined to pass reciprocity, two or three Democratic Senators will need to be swayed if we are to overcome the promised Democratic filibuster.
I need your help. We need to raise money for public relations so that we can keep educating others. And we still need to do some more research.
— Gun control organizations are using new research by John Donohue, a Stanford law professor, to claim that right-to-carry laws increase the number of aggravated assaults (and thus violent crime in general). The debate up to this point has been over complex statistical issues, but there is also a simple way of responding to the claim in one or two simple sentences. Donohue’s assumption is that permit holders are committing these crimes, but we are looking at the actual data on aggravated assaults by permit holders in each state. I have already collected this data for some states, but we need it for the others so that we can assuage the fears of concerned voters and politicians.
The other claim is that guns are being stolen from permit holders’ cars and then used to commit crimes. Donohue's supposed anecdotes were in fact simply made up, but I would like to have some solid data on this issue. We have just begun collecting data.
— The Violence Policy Center has claimed that 230 permit holders have been convicted of murder in the past 10 years. From the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, the media keeps using the VPC reports. But some of those 230 cases didn’t even involve permit holders. And I have shown that in a few states, the VPC double, triple, or even quadruple-counted certain cases. Furthermore, news stories aren't always reliable. To come up with a more accurate number, the VPC would need to do FOIA requests and contact defense attorneys.
I have an idea for research that I think will make a real difference in the reciprocity debate. However, I don't want to publicly reveal this yet.
My best guess is that I could accomplish all of this for about $30,000. At this late date, some of the research won’t be completed until the Senate has already started to take up the reciprocity issue. However, whatever funding we get will determine how much of this we get done before debate really begins. With a Republican House and Senate, as well as a President who strongly supports this legislation, we have a unique chance to quickly do some really useful research.
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New in the Chicago Tribune: How Democrats keep guns in the hands of the rich
In The Hill newspaper: Will D.C. court’s decision on concealed guns be the tipping point?
At Fox News: Trump needs a chairman for his Council of Economic Advisers. When will Democrats let him be confirmed?
Radio and TV Interviews
On KPFT-FM Left-wing Pacifica Radio in Houston to discuss our new report on concealed handgun permits
On Radio America to discuss our new research on concealed handgun permits
TV Debate: Should drug addicts who keep failing to pay child support get prison sentences reduced if they have birth control?
On Fox Business to talk about tax cuts and the impact that they will have on investment in the US
On the John Gibson Show to talk about our new concealed handgun report and Chicago gang violence
On WMAL to discuss the court decision striking down DC's strict concealed handgun law
On the Gavin McInnes Show: the Canadian man who gets arrested for taking gun from criminal and defending himself
On North Carolina's Big Coastal Daybreak to discuss our new Concealed Carry Study
On the Joyce Kaufman show to discuss our new study on concealed handgun permits
On the Steve Gruber Show to discuss Democrats delaying Kevin Hassett's confirmation vote to chair the Council of Economic Advisers
Mentions of the CPRC in the Media
Crime Prevention Research Center's work mentioned on ABC's The View
Greg Gutfeld notes CRPC research on Fox: Mentions how gun control laws prevent the poor from defending themselves
Fox & Friends mentions our new research on concealed handgun permits
"Gun seizures at U.S. airports on record-setting pace," but 97% of the change explained by increase in permits, our research mentioned in Washington Post
Fears of permitted concealed handguns prove unfounded: A very quiet first year at public universities in Texas
More news coverage of CPRC report on Concealed Handgun Permits: Fox News, Colorado Politics, Houston Press, CNS News, Breitbart, and many others
Seven Defensive Gun Uses by Civilians who were legally carrying guns in Public Places
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