Source says CCW permit holders have killed 151 since May 2007, including 9 L.E. officers.

Concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least nine law…

Concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least nine law enforcement officers in addition to 142 private citizens (including 15 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 in the legal status of 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 VPC web site categorizes the 89 incidents, which occurred in 23 states, and offers detailed descriptions of each incident (some incidents may fit into multiple categories).  Of these incidents, 15 were murder-suicides involving firearms and 13 were mass shootings (three or more 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, Arkansas, California (two incidents), Colorado, Florida (15 incidents), Idaho (two incidents), Kentucky, Massachusetts (two incidents), Michigan (nine incidents), Minnesota, New York, North Carolina (five incidents), Ohio (eight incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania (seven incidents), Rhode Island, South Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (seven incidents), Texas (three incidents), Utah (five incidents), Virginia (five incidents), and Washington.  All but 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 as opponents of weak concealed carry laws warned, we now know that concealed handgun permit holders are killing people in road rage incidents, arguments 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 carry 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 about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies concealed handgun permit holder killings primarily as reported by news outlets.  It is likely that the actual number of fatal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.

Source: eNews Park Forest, Violence Policy Center

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  • R Gantz

    Bull crap!!!! How many people were killed by knifes, bats or by other means? How many people were stopped by a GREAT AMERICAN CITIZEN who pulled out there concealed carry and said not today moocher? Where are those stats? Why in the world would you cater to anyone resembling the “Brady Bunch” and print there gibberish? Why did you not counter there “evidence” with REAL life-saving stats? (the truth)

  • John

    I took a few minutes to review the reports on the vpc.org web site. Assuming their incident reports are accurate (they provide references to news reports, but I didn’t look them up), 6 of the 9 officers killed probably would have happened anyway, even if the shooter didn’t have a concealed carry license. 3 were situations where it’s possible the immediate access to a gun was a factor in the shooting. Of course, we have no way of knowing if that person would have been carrying anyway. The simple fact is that any person who would be inclined to murder another human being probably doesn’t really care about firearms laws…

  • KRFin

    This is the same type of BS that they spew about .50 cal firearms. Saying they are so dangerous and are in the hands of violent felons who are going to take out an airplane. I believe the FBI estimated that 2,500,000 incidents occured in 2008 where a firearm was used in self defense legally.. 15% of those (375,000) were beyond doubt a use or die situation according to the victim, only about 1 in 1000 had to discharge the gun, and only about 1% of those actually had to injure their attacker to be effective.. 151 “killings” Since 2007 vs 2,500,000 self defense incidents in 2008 alone.. yep CCW is clearly not working

  • With a carrying permit comes a responsibility to use your weapon appropriately, and there will always be a small percentage of individuals who will act impulsively, or out of rage and this will lead to violent confrontations that will result in lives being taken. The numbers above are not a lot, and there will always be people making bad decisions making it harder on gun owners. It’s much deeper than gun control laws, the increasing anger in this society is a complex matter, and needs to be addressed. I don’t think people should get upset and take the fact that this article was posted as a personal attack on CCW permit holders.

  • So Tactical Life…WHAT SAY YOU??????????????

  • Thomas P.

    Going to front for them? I’m not even sure what that means exactly. Anywho…

    They’re simply relaying “information” (everything you read, everywhere, is filtered BTW) to the people who follow this site would find…interesting, to say the least.

    From your tone, it seems like an organization such as the VPC is your enemy. If so, why not know what kind of “ammunition” the enemy uses — it’ll help defend and return fire.

  • DEAR TACTICAL LIFE….IF YOU ARE GOING TO FRONT FOR THE VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER AND THE BRADY BUNCH…YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. HOW MANY LEGAL GUN OWNERS …THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE 2ND AMENDMENT (AND LET US NOT FORGET THE 10 AMENDMENT) SUPPORT AGITPROP MARXIST ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE VPC AND THE BRADY BUNCH? HOW MANY GUNS AND GUN RELATED ITEMS ARE PURCHASED BY THE VPC AND THE BRADY BUNCH? HOW INCREDIBLY STUPID ARE YOU FOR PUTTING THEIR PROPAGANDA ON YOUR WEBSITE?

  • lOCATIONS WHERE ONLY THE POLICE HAVE GUNS ARE KNOWN AS POLICE STATES…I.E. DICTATORSHIPS…Here are the stats for Texas….61,260 total criminal offenses FOR 2007 OF ALL CATEGORIES… ONLY 160 INVOLVED A TEXAS CHL HOLDER…FOR A PERCENTAGE RATE OF 0.2612 PERCENTAGE….TACTICAL LIFE NEEDS TO REMOVE THESE GROSS LIES ABOUT CONCEALED HANDGUN HOLDERS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!Total Offenses 61,260 160 0.2612%
    “Offense” means an offense prohibited under Chapter 411, Subchapter H, Texas Government Code or under Title 5,
    Chapter 29, Chapter 46, or Section 30.03, Texas Penal Code.
    “Total Convictions in Texas” includes all convictions reported to the state criminal history repository for the offense during
    the calendar year for individuals age 21 or over. CCH Conviction counts based on CDN codes 310, 311, 326, 331, 332,
    334, 397, and 398.
    “Convictions of CHL Holders” includes any conviction reported to the Concealed Handgun Licensing Bureau for which the
    convicted individual held a license to carry a concealed handgun at the time the offense was committed.
    “CHL Holder Percentage of Total Convictions” is a percentage derived from the ratio of CHL holder convictions to total
    convictions for the offense.
    End of Report

  • John

    And what are the chances that, if these people were not CCW permit holders, would have still procured a firearm and committed these crimes? I’d like to see somebody study these numbers and figure out how many were crimes of passion/impulse (i.e. lack of immediate access to a gun would have probably prevented the crime from occurring) and how many were premeditated.

  • Let’s see the data….I believe this to be a despicable pack of lies. These miscreants have zero credibility. They are gun grabbing pieces of fecal matter. R

  • So what is the current tally of CCW permit holders saving peoples lives from violent criminals? Or the number of people who have illegal guns and use them to kill people?