John Lott with the Crime Prevention Research Center on Talk Back
John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, appeared on KGVO’s Talk Back Thursday to answer listeners’ questions and talk about his work.
Lott, whose many books and articles often deal with firearms, said he has researched the growth of constitutional portering laws across the United States.
“I have dealt with constitutional deferral in a number of states,” Lott said. “There are now 21 states that have it. Obviously, Montana adopted it earlier this year. There is a Supreme Court case happening later this year that will deal with concealed transport from New York, where New York is one of the seven states where you have to give a good reason why you get a allowed.
Criminals, however, are actually drawn to areas where guns are prohibited. Because if you want to go and do a lot of harm, if you want to go and kill a lot of people, like these mass public shootings, you go to a place where your victims are helpless and unable to protect themselves.
Lott said states with high crime rates also have the lowest percentage of legal gun possession.
“California, New York, these states only have about three-tenths of 1% of their population licensed,” he said. “In the rest of the country, it’s like 10% of the adult population. So what the Supreme Court is going to say is: do you have a good reason for being able to grant someone a transport permit or not. So we’re going to work on it. “
Lott said gun-free areas are, and always have been, the most attractive places to attack people with guns.
“Who will obey these rules? The law respects good people from whom you have nothing to fear, ”he said. “The people you were talking about will obey the rules. Criminals, however, are actually drawn to areas where guns are prohibited. Because if you want to go and do a lot of harm, if you want to go and kill a lot of people, like these mass public shootings, you go to a place where your victims are helpless and unable to protect themselves. “
Lott said the Montana legislature has passed legislation that makes transportation constitutional in the state.
“Montana is now one of the 21 constitutional states of transportation, however, what you find is that most people still get a permit because it allows them to go and transport to other states. ‘they had to travel outside of Montana,’ he said. “But, as of this spring, you don’t need a permit to transport hidden or open in Montana.”
Lott has also written about the 2020 Montana election and has appeared on Talk Back several times.
The whole conversation with Lott is linked here.