Facts About Firearms Policy Initiative

MYTH: Gun suicide is not more lethal than other means

MYTH: Gun suicide is not more lethal than other means

FACT: Attempted suicides by firearms have an 82.5% fatality rate, versus a fatality rate of 4% for all suicide attempts.
MYTH: Mass Shooters Target Gun-free Zones

MYTH: Mass Shooters Target Gun-free Zones

FACT: Mass shooters usually choose locations connected to a deep-seated emotional grievance or places where the shooter anticipates the presence of a large number of people.
MYTH: Since 2014, police have unintentionally shot only one concealed carry permit holder during a public attack

MYTH: Since 2014, police have unintentionally shot only one concealed carry permit holder during a public attack

FACT: Since 2016, law enforcement officers have wrongfully shot a concealed carry permit holder multiple times during public attacks.
MYTH: A concealed handgun permit holder has never shot the wrong person during an attack

MYTH: A concealed handgun permit holder has never shot the wrong person during an attack

FACT: GVPedia lists instances in which a concealed permit holder shot the wrong person.
MYTH: Concealed handgun permit holders commit virtually no crimes

MYTH: Concealed handgun permit holders commit virtually no crimes

FACT: Concealed handgun permit holders commit crimes more frequently than permit revocation rates indicate.
MYTH: Stand Your Ground laws reduce homicides

MYTH: Stand Your Ground laws reduce homicides

FACT: The most consistent finding of academic studies is that Stand Your Ground laws increase homicides and have no deterrent effect on crime.
MYTH: NRC found no evidence that any gun violence prevention laws work

MYTH: NRC found no evidence that any gun violence prevention laws work

FACT: The goal of the NRC study was to scrutinize the quality of scientific data, not to make conclusions about firearm policy.
MYTH: Gun bans always increase the murder rate

MYTH: Gun bans always increase the murder rate

FACT: Since passing strong gun laws in the 1940s and 1950s, Japan experienced significant a decrease in its murder rate and now has one of the lowest murder rates in the world.
MYTH: Child Access Prevention Laws Cost Lives

MYTH: Child Access Prevention Laws Cost Lives

FACT: The research consistently shows that safe storage laws prevent unintentional shootings and adolescent suicide.
MYTH: 99% of background check denials are errors

MYTH: 99% of background check denials are errors

FACT: According to the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General, 99.8% of firearm background check denials are accurately denied.
MYTH: Banning large capacity magazines will do nothing to reduce fatalities in mass shootings

MYTH: Banning large capacity magazines will do nothing to reduce fatalities in mass shootings

FACT: John Lott’s own research shows that mass public shootings involving multiple guns and large-capacity magazines have three more deaths per incident than the next deadliest category of shooters’ weapons.
MYTH: Universal background checks would not have stopped a single mass shooting

MYTH: Universal background checks would not have stopped a single mass shooting

FACT: A strong universal background check system that includes a permit-to-purchase requirement could have prevented half of the deadliest US mass shooters from acquiring the firearms used in the attacks.