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    By AWR Hawkins

    A recently released Crime Research Prevention Center (CRPC) study on academics and concealed carry in the United States shows that economists’ consensus is overwhelmingly that concealed carry lowers crime.

    The study surveyed “50 economists,” comprised of 43 Americans, four Canadians, two Australians, and one Swedish economist.

    CRPC asked, “In the United States, are guns used in self-defense more often than they are used in the commission of a crime?” When allowing for three possible answers of “Yes,” “No,” or “Undecided,” sixty-six percent of economists in the U.S. answered “Yes,” guns are used more often for self-defense. When only two answers were allowed–“Yes” or “No”–eighty-eight percent of economists in the U.S. answered “Yes,” concurring that guns are used for self-defense more often than in committing crime.

    When the same question was applied to all economists–U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Swedish–sixty percent said “Yes” when given the option of “Yes,” “No,” or “Undecided” and eighty-three percent said “Yes” when given the option of “Yes” or “No.”
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    by Published on 02-08-2016 06:33 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Minnesota concealed carry permit holders surged in January with more than 6,000 new licensees added in that month alone.

    The Star Tribune puts the exact figure at 6,189 new licensees–the second largest one month surge in state history. The largest surge came during the height of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control push in March 2013. The number of “active permit holders” added that month was 7,213.

    There are currently “221,712 active permit holders” in Minnesota. The Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) says this means “the number of active carry permits in the state has grown by more than 20,000 in six months” so that “about one in 19 eligible Minnesota adults have a permit to carry.”
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    by Published on 02-03-2016 06:18 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On January 16, a Marine veteran with a concealed carry permit drew his gun and successfully came to the rescue of a Bastrop County deputy who was under assault.

    According to the Austin American-Statesman, around 9:45 p.m. in Bastrop, Texas, 23-year-old Deputy Dylan Dorris responded to reports of “a man driving erratically” with a child in the vehicle. As Dorris attempted to stop the vehicle, the man continued to drive, eventually pulling into a gas station.

    When Dorris tried to apprehend the suspect, a fight ensued and became so vicious that the deputy could not get his hand on the radio to call for backup. The suspect was reportedly attempting to take Dorris’ gun, and Dorris remembers telling himself, “Just keep fighting, keep fighting. Do whatever you can do, just stay alive. You need to go home.”
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    by Published on 02-01-2016 06:49 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    San Bernardino County supervisor–and vice chair of the Board of Supervisors–Robert A. Lovingood is urging residents to get their concealed carry licenses and carry guns for self-defense to prevent another December 2-style attack.

    Writing in Daily Press, Lovingood observes:

    As [we saw on]…Dec. 2, terrorists and criminals can strike defenseless civilians before law enforcement can arrive. So when seconds count, responsible armed citizens can act immediately to cut short a disaster. Armed civilians also deter crime. And research indicates that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons do not increase gun crimes or deadly gun accidents.

    Make no mistake: This is not a call for vigilantism. This is a call for self-defense under the law.

    Gun-free zones can’t provide protection from killers. And killers are the problem, not good, honest, responsible people who are armed. When every second counts, well-trained, armed citizens can save lives. In the recent surge of terrorist stabbings in Israel, the government encouraged citizens to carry firearms under the law. That has been an effective deterrent.
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    by Published on 01-28-2016 06:46 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Democrat lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday to allow crime victims to sue gun stores for the misuse of firearms.

    The bill, titled the Equal Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, is being pushed as a way to reverse protections gun stores and manufacturers enjoy under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which was signed in 2005.

    According to The Hill, gun rights groups warn that the PLCAA was passed to protect gun stores and manufacturers from being sued by people using the court system as a backdoor avenue for gun control. But “Democrats say gun manufacturers and dealers that sell firearms to criminals should be ‘on the hook’ for mass shootings.”

    At the same time, Democrats say overturning the protections on gun stores and manufacturers is not intended to lead to a surge in lawsuits. Rather, they assert that the “new legislation only targets irresponsible gun manufacturers and dealers that negligently sell firearms to criminals.”

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