Concealed Handgun Permit
Holders Have Killed 8 Law Enforcement Officers, 77 Private Citizens Over
Two and a Half Year Period According to New On-Line Resource That Tallies
News Reports of CCW Killings
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 facing criminal charges.
(Any concealed handgun permit holders who are eventually acquitted of
their alleged crimes are not included in the tallies maintained on the
site although the facts surrounding the shooting are detailed.)
The new VPC web site
offers detailed descriptions of the 46 incidents, which occurred in 18
states. Of these incidents, 10 were murder-suicides involving firearms
and eight were mass shootings (three or more victims) that claimed as
many as 11 lives at a time. Law enforcement officers were killed in 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 (nine incidents), Idaho
(two incidents), Kentucky, Michigan (three incidents), New York, North
Carolina (two incidents), Ohio (three incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents),
Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (five
incidents), Texas, Utah (two incidents), and Virginia (three incidents).
All but one of the killings were committed with guns.
Kristen Rand, legislative
director for the Violence Policy Center, states, "This new web site makes
clear that contrary to the false promises of the gun lobby the simple
and deadly fact is that state concealed handgun systems are arming cop-killers,
mass shooters, and other murderers."
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.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x110