For Immediate Release
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed at Least 161 Since May 2007, Including 9 Law Enforcement Officers—“Concealed Carry Killers” Web Site April Update
WASHINGTON - Concealed handgun permit holders have killed
at least nine law enforcement officers in addition to 152 private
(including 15 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) since May
according to the latest update of Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence
Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such
The web site, located at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.
is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings since May 2007 by
permit holders and any changes in the legal status of permit holders
criminal charges. (Any concealed handgun permit holders who are
eventually acquitted of their alleged crimes are not included in the
maintained on the site although the facts surrounding the shooting are
The VPC web site categorizes the 95
occurred in 25 states, and offers detailed descriptions of each incident
incidents may fit into multiple categories). Of these incidents, 15
murder-suicides involving firearms and 15 were mass shootings (three or
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 (two incidents), Colorado, Florida (16 incidents), Georgia,
(two incidents), Indiana (two incidents), Kentucky (two incidents),
Massachusetts (two incidents), Michigan (eight incidents), Minnesota,
North Carolina (five incidents), Ohio (nine incidents), Oklahoma (two
incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania (seven incidents), Rhode Island, South
Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (eight incidents), Texas (three
Utah (five incidents), Virginia (five incidents), and Washington. All
one of the killings were committed with guns.
Violence Policy Center Legislative Director
we are finding more and more killings by concealed handgun permit
holders. Just as opponents of weak concealed carry laws warned, we now
that concealed handgun permit holders are killing people in road rage
incidents, arguments over parking spaces, and domestic disputes. The
incidents we document graphically demonstrate how the presence of a
escalates an argument to a homicide. How many more people must die at
hands of concealed carry killers before state legislators act to fix
Because most state systems that allow the
concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data
crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies
handgun permit holder killings primarily as reported by news outlets.
is likely that the actual number of fatal incidents involving concealed
permit holders is far higher.
The Violence Policy Center is a national tax-exempt educational organization working for a safer America through research, investigation, analysis, and advocacy. The VPC provides information to policymakers, journalists, organizations, advocates, and the general public.