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John Lott, PhD Biography

Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"

“Ordinary, law-abiding citizens who own handguns and carry licensed, concealed weapons rarely use their guns except in matters of self-defense. Criminals and those who carry illegal and unlicensed firearms are typically those who commit violent crimes. It is a fact that in communities where citizens have been granted licenses to carry concealed weapons and are not restricted from keeping loaded guns in their homes, crime rates drop. Such conditions have proven to be a deterrent to crimes such as home invasions, burglaries, muggings and car-jackings because criminals will not risk being confronted by a victim’s firearm. Tightening laws restricting the use and possession of firearms does not protect average law-abiding citizens; it only puts them at greater risk. Enforcing licensing restrictions, trigger locks, and waiting periods makes it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and as a result encourages criminal activity. Only criminals benefit when ordinary citizens are deprived of their right to own a firearm and protect themselves, their homes, and their families.”

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Crime Prevention Research Center, 2013-present
  • Columnist,
  • Visiting Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland at College Park, 2007-2010
  • Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006-2007
  • Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2001-2006
  • Served as Statistical Expert for the minority report produced by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Florida 2000 Presidential election, 2001
  • Testified Before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Public Hearing on the “Help America Vote Act of 2001,” Dec. 5, 2001
  • Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Law, 1999-2001
  • Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1995-2001
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law, 1995-1999
  • Duncan Black Award for Best Public Choice Paper, Public Choice Society, 1992
  • Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1995
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1989-1991
  • Chief Economist, US Sentencing Commission, 1988-1989
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University, 1987-1988
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
  • MA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980
  • The John M. Olin National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University, 1984-1986
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), 1983-1984
  • Born in Detroit, MI
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