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Amicus Brief with the California State Sheriffs’ Association on the Dangers of Gun-free Zones

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By John R. Lott, Jr. PhD, Crime Prevention Research Center


The CPRC joined with the California State Sheriffs’ Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen in an Amicus brief on California’s new law designating almost the entire state as a “sensitive place.” We are responsible for the sections B through F in the brief.

The week before last, I gave a couple of lectures at Lake Forest College and another talk at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School. There is a video of one of my talks at Lake Forest College. On Monday, March 11th, I will debate Sandy Levinson from UT-Austin Law School at the Fluno Center Main Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on “Was the Second Amendment a Mistake or a Success?” The debate will last from 6:30 to 7:30.

With Mitch McConnell’s stepping down as the leader of the Republicans after the November election, my op-ed at The Federalist warns that the first person to campaign for the position,  Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), is not a friend of the private gun ownership. I think that the piece turned out well. Mark Levin was among those who Tweeted out the article.

I had an op-ed at Townhall on how Biden’s regulations are driving firearms dealers out of business. New regulations are making it difficult for large retailers to sell guns. I discussed this on Sebastian Gorka’s national radio show

I discussed mass public shootings on a number of radio shows: Dallas’ giant 50,000-watt WBAPPittsburgh’s John Steigerwald ShowDenver’s Leland ConwayCincinnati’s giant 50,000-watt WLW, and CRNTalkOne America’s News’ Tipping Point also had me on. Other interviews on NewsMax’s Wake up America and Fort Myers’ WFSX discussed how and why crime rates have changed.

We have also continued collecting cases where people legally carrying guns in public have stopped crimes. Here are the cases that we collected for November.

For information on activities at the Crime Prevention Research Center, here is a link to our “info deck.” Please view in full-screen mode and scroll using the arrow buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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CPRC puts in Amicus brief in 9th Circuit case Banning Concealed Carry in Most of California

The Highest Income People and Those Who Went to Graduate School are the Least Concerned About Crime.


At Townhall: Biden Is Destroying the Firearm’s Industry

At The Federalist: If You Like The Second Amendment, You Don’t Want John Cornyn Anywhere Near Senate Leadership.

Recent Talks

Video of Lecture at Lake Forest College on Gun Control.

Television interviews/Podcasts

On NewsMax’s Wake Up America Weekend: Soft-on-Crime Policies Cause Concern Among Americans

On One America News’ Tipping Point: To Discuss The Kansas City Super Bowl Parade Shooting.

Radio interviews/Podcasts

On America First with Sebastian Gorka: To Discuss Biden Administration Harassing Largest Gun Dealers

On 700 WLW’s The Bill Cunningham Show: To Discuss Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Parade Shooting

On Pittsburgh’s John Steigerwald Show: To Discuss Kansas City Super Bowl Rally Shooting 

On WBAP’s The James Parker Show: To Discuss Mass Shootings and Self-Defense Gun Use

On the Leland Conway Radio Show: To Discuss Guns, Firearm-Related Crimes, and Mass Shooting

On CRN Talk’s Jim Watkins is Speaking Out: To Discuss CPRC’s Recent Research on Mass Public Shootings

On The Michigan Talk Network: To Discuss New Gun Laws Enacted in Michigan

On The Michigan Talk Network: To Discuss Safe Gun Storage and Firearms Stolen from Cars

On 92.5 Right All Along’s The Drive with Trey Radel: To Discuss Economics and Crimes .


In Spanish: Testimony before the Ecuadorian Congress on legislation for people to carry concealed handguns.

Television Show Bias on Guns

More Media Bias: CBS’s FBI International TV show has an assassin firing a machine gun.

Media Coverage of the CPRC

CPRC in the News: Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red State (2), WSMV-TV Nashville, Bearing Arms (5).

Defensive Gun Uses

Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 30 Cases During November 2023-.

Other Testimony

Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary on Gun Control.

Selected C-SPAN Appearances

Gun Control MythsWashington Journal John Lott on Gun Violence in the U.S...


Biden Administration Harassing Largest Gun Dealers

Major credit card companies start using merchant code for firearm and ammunition retailers to comply with a new California law to supposedly identify suspicious gun purchases. Will this really work? No.

Was Shooting at Chiefs’ Super Bowl Rally Gang Related? 

John R. Lott, Jr.President
Crime Prevention Research CenterP.O. Box 2293, 1100 W Kent Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
[email protected]
(484) 802-5373Recent C-SPAN

Recent C-SPAN Appearances
Gun Control Myths
Washington Journal John Lott on Gun Violence in the U.S..


Wyoming moves to get rid of gun-free zones at schools and government buildings

Louisiana Becomes the 28th Constitutional Carry State, 45.2% of Americans now live in Constitutional Carry States, with 66.9% of the area 

John R. Lott, Jr., President
Crime Prevention Research Center

P.O. Box 2293, 1100 W Kent Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
[email protected]
(484) 802-5373
Crime Prevention Research Center · 3682 KING St, P.O. Box 3243, Alexandria, VA 22302-9998,

Link: Crime Prevention Research Center (crimeresearch.org)

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