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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. Unfortunately, John Lott’s research shows that it poor blacks who are the most likely victims of violent crime and the ones who most benefit from the option to be able to protect themselves. From the Washington Times:
If you live in 60624, the ZIP code where the shooting took place, you don’t expect your streets to be safe. In the last 30 days, that neighborhood has recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP code in Cook County when measured on a per capita basis. Its population is 98 percent black and averages a median income just above the poverty line.
It also is one of the ZIP codes that registers the fewest active concealed carry firearms permits per capita in the county, according to concealed carry numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Washington Times. . . .
It’s a completely different story in affluent Palos Park, located in southwestern Cook County. . . . It also has the most concealed carry licenses in Cook County this year, with 1.24 percent of its residents authorized to carry a gun. . . .
“You really need to ask whether or not politicians are consciously trying to disarm certain groups of people,” said Dr. John Lott, a Second Amendment expert and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Why do they want a law that primarily disarms blacks and gives guns to only well-to-do whites? Don’t they think it should be equal for everyone to protect their lives?”
Illinois residents say the disproportionate statistics all boil down to cost. Of right-to-carry states, Illinois has the highest registration and training fee, costing an applicant about $650 on average for fingerprinting, taxes and logistics — excluding the price of the gun. . . .
There are now apparently 73,714 concealed handgun permits.
John Lott appeared on Charles Butler’s national radio show on Monday to discuss gun control (available here). The discussion was on Monday, September 29, 2014 from 9:05 to 9:30 AM.
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.
While there’s plenty of debate about the causes and cures for gun violence, the U.S. murder rate dipped to a historic low last year while the number of concealed weapons permits nationwide soared to an all-time high.
There are now more than 11 million permit holders in the U.S., and the growth has accelerated with almost 1.5 million new permits issued in the past year, according to a July report by the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
The article in the Brown Daily Herald discussed our recent study that college age permit holders are extremely law-abiding:
Lott said public universities across the country should do more to protect themselves, including allowing students of age with permits to carry concealed weapons.
“Permit holders who are over 21 and are college age are at least as law-abiding as the general permit-holding population,” he said. “And the general permit-holding population is extremely law-abiding.” . . .
In the discussion, I also noted that Rhode Island was the last state to arm campus police at public universities.
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. They are also running television commercials, holding events and pushing their studies into the newsrooms of a mostly favorable press.
John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, told USA Today, “We want gun safety to be an issue that people vote on.”
John R. Lott, Jr. says he’s fine with that statement. He just wants people to know the truth about what really reduces violence before they vote. He says, “I can’t find a single study from Bloomberg’s groups that aren’t loaded with errors. They have an anti-gun agenda and will lie to achieve it.”
Before getting to the inside story behind the politics, the piles of money being used to shape public opinion and to how the truth is stubbornly winning the debate despite—or because of—Bloomberg’s spin, I’d like to tell you how I first met John R. Lott, Jr. He is an important voice in this debate and this anecdote shows what kind of researcher he is. . . .
The rest of the article is available here.
A copy of DC’s proposed concealed handgun law is available here: License to Carry a Pistol Temporary Amendment Act of 2014.
The training requirement is at least as restrictive as Illinois, with “at least 16 hours of training,” two hours of which are range time.
The fee is yet to be determined: “To establish all application forms, investigation procedures, background checks, and fees necessary to process an application for a license pursuant to sections 6 and 6a of this act.”
The list of places where carry is prohibited is very extensive. For the first 90 days, it will be pretty much impossible to carry a permitted concealed handgun any place but as you walk along a street. Carrying will effectively be banned unless you go for a walk where you start and end at your home.
“(a) No person holding a license issued pursuant to section 6 shall carry a pistol in the following locations or under the following circumstances:
“(1) Any building owned or under the control of the District of Columbia, its agencies, and instrumentalities;
“(2) The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot, of any public, public charter, or private elementary or secondary school; or any public or private college or university;
“(3) Any pre-school or child care facility;
“(4) Any public or private hospital, or other building where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided;
“(5) Any adult or juvenile correctional facility, including halfway houses;
“(6) Any public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system, but not including taxicab operators;
“(7) Any premises or portion thereof, licensed under Title 25 of the District of Columbia Official Code, where alcoholic beverages are served, or are sold and consumed on premises;
“(8) Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the District or federal government or their agencies or instrumentalities, provided that no criminal penalty shall apply unless:
“(A) The licensee has been advised by a law enforcement officer that such a public gathering or special event is occurring; and
“(B) The licensee has been ordered by the law enforcement officer to leave the area of the special event or gathering until the licensee removes the pistol from his or her possession in compliance with applicable law and the licensee has not complied with the order;
“(9) Any stadium or arena;
“(10) Any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law or by a federal agency or entity;
“(11) The area around the White House, namely: between Constitution Avenue and H Street and between 15th and 17th Streets, all Northwest;
“(12) Within 1,000 feet, or other lesser distance designated by the Chief or his or her designee, when a dignitary or high ranking official of the United States or a state, local, or foreign government is under the protection of the Metropolitan Police Department, or other law enforcement agency assisting or working in concert with it, provided that no criminal penalty shall apply unless:
“(A) The licensee has been advised by a law enforcement officer that such a dignitary or official movement is occurring; and
“(B) The licensee has been ordered by the law enforcement officer to leave the area of the movement until the licensee removes the pistol from his or her possession in compliance with applicable law and the licensee has not complied with the order;
“(13) Within 1,000 feet, or other lesser distance designated by the Chief or his or her designee, of a demonstration in a public place, provided that no criminal penalty shall apply unless:
“(A) The licensee has been advised by a law enforcement officer that a demonstration is occurring at the public place; and
“(B) The licensee has been ordered by the law enforcement officer to leave the area of the demonstration until the licensee removes the pistol from his or her
possession in compliance with applicable law and the licensee has not complied with the order; and
“(14) Any prohibited circumstance that the Chief determines by rule, provided that for spontaneous circumstances, no criminal penalty shall apply unless the licensee has notice of the prohibition and has failed to comply.
“(b)(1) Any private residence shall be presumed to prohibit the presence of firearms unless otherwise authorized by the property owner or person in control of the premises and communicated personally to the licensee in advance of entry onto the residential property.
(2) For 90 days immediately following the effective date of the License to Carry a Pistol Emergency Amendment Act of 2014, all private commercial property owners shall be presumed to prohibit the presence of firearms unless the owner or authorized agent authorizes entry by a licensee carrying a pistol; thereafter, all private commercial property owners shall be presumed to permit a licensee to enter the owner’s property unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage prohibiting firearms, or the owner or authorized agent communicates such prohibition personally to the licensee.
John Lott will be speaking for two hours starting at 3:15 PM MDT in the main auditorium at the Utah State Sheriff’s Association Meeting on Tuesday.
John Lott was on the Voice of Russia to discuss gun violence in the United States, particularly the case of 51 year old Don Spirit who killed his daughter and grand children (also here). Comparable homicide rates in the Russian Federation and the US are available from the United Nations (pp. 107 and 111), and they show that the Russian murder rate is more than twice the murder rate in the US (with Russia’s murder rate of at least 11.2 and the US of 5 per 100,000 in 2009). The interview is available here. The interview took place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 9:07 to 9:16 AM.
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