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Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed 151 Since May 2007, Including 9 Law Enforcement Officers--Concealed Carry Killers March Update

WASHINGTON - Concealed handgun permit holders have killed
at least nine law enforcement officers in addition to 142 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,
is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings since May 2007 by
handgun permit holders and any changes in the legal status of permit
facing 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 89
incidents, which
occurred in 23 states, and offers detailed descriptions of each incident
incidents may fit into multiple categories).  Of these incidents, 15
murder-suicides involving firearms and 13 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 (15 incidents), Idaho (two
Kentucky, Massachusetts (two incidents), Michigan (nine incidents),
New York, North Carolina (five incidents), Ohio (eight incidents),
(two incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania (seven incidents), Rhode Island,
Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (seven 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
Kristen Rand states, “Each month we are
finding more and more killings by concealed handgun permit holders. Just
opponents of weak concealed carry laws warned, we now know that
handgun permit holders are killing people in road rage incidents,
over parking spaces, and domestic disputes.  The incidents we document
graphically demonstrate how the presence of a handgun escalates an
argument to
a homicide.  How many more people must die at the hands of concealed
killers before state legislators act to fix these laws?" 

Because most state systems that allow the
carrying of
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. 


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