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Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed at Least 9 Law Enforcement Officers, 108 Private Citizens Since May 2007
“Concealed Carry Killers” Web Site January Update
WASHINGTON - January 12 - Concealed handgun permit holders have killed
at least nine law enforcement officers in addition to 108 private citizens
(including 13 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) since May 2007
according to the latest update of Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy
Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such killings.
The web site, located at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.
The VPC web site categorizes the 68 incidents, which occurred in 20 states, and offers detailed descriptions of each incident (some incidents may fit into multiple categories). Of these incidents, 13 were murder-suicides involving firearms and 11 were mass shootings (three or more victims) that claimed as many as 11 lives at a time. Law enforcement officers were killed in Alabama, Florida (two incidents), Idaho, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (two incidents). All of the law enforcement killings were committed with guns.
Private citizens were killed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida (12 incidents), Idaho (two incidents), Kentucky, Michigan (six incidents), Minnesota, New York, North Carolina (five incidents), Ohio (five incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania (five incidents), South Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (six incidents), Texas, Utah (four incidents), Virginia (four incidents), and Washington. All but one of the killings were committed with guns.
Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "When the National Rifle Association launched its state-by-state campaign for lax concealed handgun laws, it made this promise: ‘People who get permits in states which have fair right-to-carry laws are law-abiding, upstanding community leaders who merely seek to exercise their right to self-defense.' To the contrary, concealed handgun permit holders are killing people over parking spaces, football games, and family arguments."
Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies concealed handgun permit holder killings as reported by news outlets. It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.