Concealed Handgun Permit
Holders Kill 7 Police, 44 Private Citizens Over Two-Year Period
31 Incidents Result
in Criminal Charges or Suicide of Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
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). Five of the incidents
were mass shootings resulting in the deaths of 23 victims. 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. 1390) that
would create a de facto national concealed carry system, overriding the
rights of states with more restrictive laws governing the carrying of
concealed handguns. The amendment is sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD).
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has said he will filibuster the amendment.
Because most state
systems allowing the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private
citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders,
the VPC reviewed shooting incidents 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 study, Law
Enforcement and Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders--An
Analysis of News Reports, May 2007 to April 2009, finds that during
the two-year period reviewed--
- Concealed handgun
permit holders have slain seven law enforcement officers resulting in
criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All of the killings
were committed with guns. An additional three law enforcement officers
were injured in these incidents.
- Concealed handgun
permit holders have slain at least 44 private citizens resulting in
criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All but one of the killings
were committed with guns. An additional six private citizens were injured
in these incidents.
- In six of the 31
incidents (19 percent), the concealed handgun permit holder killed himself,
bringing the total fatality count to 57.
VPC Legislative Director
Kristen Rand states, “State concealed handgun systems are arming cop-killers
and other murderers. It is beyond irrational for Congress to vote to expand
the reach of these deadly laws.”
The study offers detailed
descriptions of the 31 incidents, which occurred in 15 states. Law enforcement
officers were killed in: Florida, Idaho, Ohio (two incidents), and Pennsylvania
(two incidents). Private citizens were killed in: Alabama, Colorado, Florida
(nine incidents), Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina
(two incidents), Ohio (three incidents), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Utah (two incidents), and Virginia.
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.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x110