John Lott talking about the latest results from the General Social Survey that claims gun ownership is falling
DOJ report on Ferguson
John Lott talked to Jim Bohannon from 10:30 to 11 PM EST, Friday, March 13, 2015 (audio)
– “researcher talks about the results of his survey on restaurant policies in the city” Aired on the Sportsman Channel 03/25/15
— “Concealed Carry Holders Even More Law-Abiding Than Law Enforcement” Aired on the Sportsman Channel 02/25/15
With overwhelming votes in the state House (85-39) and Senate (31-8), a Constitutional Carry bill has been sent to Kansas Governor Brownback who is expected to sign it. Kansas will then join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Vermont that allow people carry anywhere in a state without a permit. Idaho and Montana allow people to carry outside of city limits without a permit, in Montana that means one can carry without a permit in 99.4% of the state. West Virginia almost joined the list of these states with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29), but the governor vetoed the bill after the legislature had adjourned for the year. That said, there is a good chance the veto will be overridden next year.
On the Kansas bill, the Topeka Capital-Journal has this note:
The House and Senate gave approval to a controversial bill Wednesday authorizing people over 21 years of age to carry concealed any type of firearm without obtaining weapons training or securing a state license.
It has been legal for nine years to carry concealed in Kansas with a permit. About 90,000 people have obtained that license after undergoing a background check, completing a safety program and paying a fee. State law also allows open carry of firearms.
Repeal of Kansas’ permit mandate for conceal-carry was framed as a reflection of the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the 2010 amendment added to the Kansas Constitution.
Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a Palco Republican and the House’s chief advocate of Senate Bill 45, referred to the existing training requirement tied to acquisition of conceal-carry licenses in Kansas as a waste of time.
“It’s simply a feel-good measure,” Couture-Lovelady said. “This bill is about freedom and liberty. No more tests. No more fees. No license. Carrying guns is a lifestyle and government should trust its citizens.” . . .
In Kansas, Constitutional Carry would dramatically lower the fee from $150 to zero and the training requirement from 8 hours to zero.
In West Virginia, it currently costs $100 to get a permit and training is required.
The Fox News story is available here. If you are interested in reading our original report that will be published this week in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today, please download it here. Right now the coverage of our report is at the very top of the Fox News website.
(Picture of the tourist area of Nashville)
While concealed handgun permit holders will be allowed to carry at the convention center for their annual meeting, there are many restaurants and bars around the convention center that don’t allow people to carry. With the NRA convention just weeks away, the CPRC canvassed the restaurants on Broadway and 2nd Avenue in what is the tourist district of Nashville, an area that is right next to the new convention center where the NRA annual convention will be held. Permit holders are not allowed to carry (either concealed or open) in businesses that are posted. In Tennessee, it is also illegal for those carrying to drink any alcohol (think of it as these individuals being analogous to designated drivers). There are technically no bars in the state. Everything is a restaurant because they must sell a certain amount of food in order to have a liquor license. If you have a handgun permit and are carrying, or if you simply want to reward those establishments that serve permit holders, you might find this list of interest. More information will be added as we have a chance.
We interviewed the managers of many establishments because some places do not allow permitted concealed handguns even though they haven’t posted signs (many of the managers appeared unaware of state law). There were a number of places that were not posted but where the managers were adamant that they would not allow permit holders inside. Some went further and indicated that signs were going to be posted by the time of the NRA convention. In these cases, while one could legally enter the restaurant, if you are asked to leave you must do so. It is also possible that the establishment could call the police to get them to ask you to leave.
Some signs are very difficult to see (red circle marks the spot, click on pictures to enlarge).
There were more than a few popular places where there were no signs posted, but the managers were adamant that they would be putting up signs and that they would remove an permit holder carrying a gun. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is one of them, but others include Doc Holliday’s Saloon and the Silver Dollar Saloon.
Restaurants on the South Side of Broadway that serve permit holders (click on pictures to enlarge)
Joe’s Crab Shack — 123 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37201
Merchants Restaurant and Grill — 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Paradise Park — 411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 — not a hundred percent sure that they might end up posting a sign before the NRA convention
The Wheel — 421 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
National Underground — 105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Nearby Museum and restaurant
Johnny Cash Museum — 119 Third Avenue SouthNashville, TN 37201
Luigi’s City Pizza — 105 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
Restaurants on the North Side of Broadway that serve permit holders
Robert’s — Instead of a sign indicating that permitted concealed handguns are banned, this bar has two NRA decals at the front — 416B Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.
Hard Rock Cafe — when asked about serving those carrying guns, the manager said they hope that are very happy to get as many customers as possible — 100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201.
Layla’s Blue Grass Inn — 418 Broadway, Nashville, TN.
Tin Roof — 316 Broadway Avenue, Nashville, TN 37201
Whiskey Bent Saloon — 306 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar — 208 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
2nd Avenue (West side of street, some places were just checked for whether they were posted, not for whether they would ask a permit holder to leave)
Ichiban (Sushi) — 109 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Benchmark Bar and Grill — just checked for posting — 117 2nd Ave, Nashville, TN 37201
Pitta Pit — 121 Second Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201
Nashville Street Taco — 129 Second Ave N, Nashville TN, 37201
Bebo’s Cafe — 135 2ND Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37201
2nd Avenue (East side of street)
Brugada Bar — 204 Commerce St Nashville, TN 37201, just checked for posting
From an article by Bill Dentzer in the Idaho Statesman:
. . . The move toward “shall-issue” accelerated in the mid-1980s. Florida became a shall-issue state in 1987, and now has 1.3 million concealed carry permit holders – roughly 10 percent of the national number, according to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, a pro-gun research group in Washington, D.C.
The group’s July 2014 report found 11.1 million concealed carry permit holders in the U.S., up from 4.6 million in 2007. Partially updated figures for 2015 put the national number over 12 million. Lott said the share of women who hold concealed carry permits has increased in the same period from 20 to 25 percent to 30 to 35 percent of the total.
The overall number of concealed carry permit holders is probably much higher, Lott said, because not all states keep track. Figures for Idaho, for example, are not centrally tabulated. Lott’s figures for the state from 2012, based on a federal survey the year before, show about 86,000 concealed carry permit holders, or 7.2 percent of the population. That technically puts Idaho 14th among states in permit-holders per capita, but an accurate measure is hard to determine. Idaho issues licenses to both residents and non-residents, which slightly boosts the per capita figure. Also difficult to calculate: the actual rate of concealed carry by state. For obvious reasons, permit numbers are lower in states that don’t require them. The same is true for rural areas of Idaho where they are not required.
Lott’s study sees the rise in concealed weapons permits as a contributing factor in a concurrent 22 percent drop in both murder and violent crime rates between 2007 and 2013. Not everyone agrees on the reasons for the decline. A 2013 Justice Department report found that firearms-related homicides dropped 39 percent from 1993 to 2011, although 70 percent of all homicides were committed with a firearm. The department attributed the decline in part to smarter policing. . . .
John Lott talks to John Stossel on what Rahm Emanuel has done to Chicago’s police department.
Pre CPRC research
About the CPRC
Data from various studies
Defensive Gun Uses
Gun Show Regulations
Mass Public Shootings
Media bias on guns
More Guns, Less Crime
News Coverage of CPRC
Public Health Research
Safe Storage Laws
Stand Your Ground
Surveys on gun ownership
Straight Shooting: Firearms, Economics and Public Policy
Freedomnomics, see Chapter 4 for a general overview of the economics of crime
Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench