Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: June 12, 1963
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Alleged Shooter: Byron De La Beckwith
People Killed: One
People Injured: None
Firearm(s): Enfield 1917 30.06 rifle
Byron De La Beckwith, an outspoken racist and white supremacist, killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers at his home as he was getting out of his car. Though Beckwith was not convicted in the 1960s (two juries could not reach a verdict), the case was reopened in 1990 and he was convicted of the crime in 1994, 31 years after the shooting.
The gun was obtained legally through a trade with a friend, Ennis Thorton McIntyre, III, in 1960. De La Beckwith was a gun collector and legally owned a variety of weapons.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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.