Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Persons Legally Allowed to Carry Concealed Handguns Hit 391–VPC Concealed Carry Killers February Update

For Release: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Washington, DC–At least 391 people, including 11 law enforcement officers, have been killed in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns according to the February update of the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource (

VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “Like clockwork, each month the number of innocent victims killed by concealed handgun permit holders continues to mount. Concealed carry doesn’t benefit public safety. Concealed carry only benefits the gun industry and gun lobby, who exploit it as the last great firearms marketing opportunity.”

The Violence Policy Center’s Concealed Carry Killers database documents 280 incidents in 32 states since May 2007. In more than three quarters of the incidents (221) the concealed carry killer has already been convicted (82), committed suicide (133), or was killed in the incident (six). Of the 53 cases still pending, the vast majority (45) of concealed carry killers have been charged with criminal homicide, three were deemed incompetent to stand trial, and five incidents are still under investigation. An additional six incidents were fatal unintentional shootings involving the gun of the concealed handgun permit holder. Twenty of the incidents were mass shootings, resulting in the deaths of 89 victims.

Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by them, the primary source for Concealed Carry Killers is published news reports. It is likely that the actual number of fatal incidents involving citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns is far higher.

A detailed summary of each of the 280 incidents is available at, clicking on each category leads to a state-by-state breakout for the incidents with current known status. To review all deaths involving concealed carry killers, click on “Total People Killed by Concealed Carry Killers.”






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