Violence Policy Center

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.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Virginia Mass Shooting Most Recent Involving Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
Christopher Bryan Speight, the 39-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed eight men and women yesterday in Appomattox, Virginia, is at least the 12th person licensed to carry a concealed handgun reported to have committed a mass shooting since May 2007 according to Violence Policy Center (VPC) research. The Associated Press reports that Appomattox County court records show a concealed weapons permit was issued to a Christopher Bryan Speight three times between 1999 and last year.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed at Least 9 Law Enforcement Officers, 108 Private Citizens Since May 2007
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. htm , is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings since May 2007 by concealed handgun permit holders and
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed at Least 9 Law Enforcement Officers, 98 Private Citizens Since May 2007
Concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least nine law enforcement officers and 98 private citizens (including 12 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. htm , is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings since May 2007 by concealed handgun permit holders and any changes
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed 8 Law Enforcement Officers, 77 Private Citizens Over 2.5 Year Period According to New On-Line Resource
Concealed handgun permit holders killed eight law enforcement officers and 77 private citizens (including 10 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) during the period May 2007 through October 2009 according to a new Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such killings. The web site, CCW Killers, is located at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers. htm and is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings and changes in the legal status of concealed handgun permit holders fa
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Louisiana Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men According to VPC Study Released Annually for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
Louisiana, with a rate of 2.53 per 100,000, ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2007 Homicide Data . The annual VPC report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender.
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Thursday, August 06, 2009
Pittsburgh Fitness Center Attack Only Most Recent Mass Shooting Committed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
George Sodini, the man who opened fire on Tuesday at a Pittsburgh health club killing three women and wounding nine others--including the pregnant fitness instructor--before turning a gun on himself, is at least the sixth person licensed to carry a concealed handgun to commit a mass shooting since May 2007, according to Violence Policy Center (VPC) research. According to the Allegheny County Police as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sodini had a permit to carry weapons.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Violence Policy Center Statement on Defeat of Thune Amendment Creating National Concealed Handgun System
Following today's Senate vote defeating the Thune Amendment, which would have created a nationalized concealed handgun permitting system, the Violence Policy Center issued the following statement by VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand: "Today's Senate vote is a victory for those who support a sane national gun policy. "Concealed carry permit holders have already killed police officers, murdered innocent citizens, and committed mass shootings.
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Kill 7 Police, 44 Private Citizens Over Two-Year Period
-Concealed handgun permit holders killed at least seven police officers and 44 private citizens in 31 incidents during the period May 2007 through April 2009 according to a new study ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/ ccw2009.pdf ) released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The release of the study comes as the U.S. Senate is expected to take up today--Monday, July 20--an amendment to the defense authorization bill (S.
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Newswire article
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Over 90 Percent of Mexican Crime Guns Originate in U.S., New GAO Report Finds
More than 90 percent of the firearms seized in Mexico and traced by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) over the last three years came from the United States, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The study also found that according to U.S.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
States with Higher Gun Ownership and Weak Gun Laws Lead Nation in Gun Death
States with higher gun ownership rates and weak gun laws have the highest rates of gun death according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of just-released 2006 national data (the most recent available) from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, and Nevada.
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