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Murder Arrests, Murder-Suicide Among New Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Incidents Reported in VPC’s 'Concealed Carry Killers' May Update

WASHINGTON - Arrests for murder and a murder-suicide
are among the new incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders
in the May update of Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center
on-line resource (
that tallies news reports of such killings. Since May 2007, concealed
permit holders have killed at least 166 individuals, including nine law
enforcement officers.   

Among the new incidents included in the May

Tennessee--On April
2010, concealed handgun permit holder Norman Bren Whitton, 69, allegedly
and killed fellow retiree Larry Butcher, 74, after a road-rage incident
at an
upscale East Tennessee retirement village
involving Whitton's Cadillac sedan and Butcher's golf cart.  Whitton was
charged with second-degree murder.    

Washington--On April
28, 2010, concealed handgun permit holder Amanda Knight, 21, was
allegedly part
of a group of four criminals who took part in a home-invasion robbery
resulted in the shooting death of James Sanders, 43. Knight was charged
first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and second-degree assault.

Virginia--On May 2,
2010, former Navy Captain and concealed handgun permit holder Robert
Klosterman, 64, shot and killed his wife Rebecca, 57, in their home
shooting himself to death.

The VPC web site categorizes the 99
incidents, which
occurred in 25 states, and offers detailed descriptions of each incident
incidents may fit into multiple categories).  Of these incidents, 16
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). 

Private citizens were killed in Alabama,
California, Colorado, Florida (16 incidents), Georgia, Idaho (two
Indiana (two incidents), Kentucky (two incidents), Massachusetts (two
incidents), Michigan (nine incidents), Minnesota, New York, North
(five incidents), Ohio (nine incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents),
Pennsylvania (seven incidents), Rhode Island, South Carolina (two
Tennessee (nine incidents), Texas (three incidents), Utah (five
Virginia (seven incidents), and Washington (two incidents). 

Violence Policy Center Legislative Director
Kristen Rand states, "Each month the evidence
builds that lax concealed carry laws are arming killers who shoot at the
slightest provocation--in road-rage incidents, arguments over parking
and domestic disputes.  In contrast, proponents of concealed carry can
point to no legitimate evidence that permit holders enhance public
safety. We
have a system that has licensed 15 mass shooters and nine cop killers. 
It's past time to repeal these dangerous 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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