Concealed Carry Permit Holders Killed 1,335 Since 2007

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Concealed handgun permit holders are responsible for at least 1,335 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, according to research from the Violence Policy Center (VPC).

“Concealed carry permit holders are supposed to be the ‘good guys’ with guns,” said VPC in a statement.  “In reality, far too many permit holders are a direct threat to public safety.”

Thirty-five of the incidents were fatal mass shootings as defined by federal law (three or more victims killed), resulting in the deaths of 167 victims. At least 24 law enforcement officers have died at the hands of concealed carry killers since May 2007.

VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “Concealed carry killers continue to claim innocent lives at a shocking pace. At the same time, research shows that states with lax concealed carry laws have higher rates of violent crime. Contrary to the false claims made by the gun lobby, allowing random people to carry guns endangers public safety.”

Details on these fatal incidents can be found on Concealed Carry Killers (, an online resource that provides examples of non-self defense killings involving private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns in public.

Overall, Concealed Carry Killers documents 1,104 fatal, non-self defense incidents since May 2007 in 40 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in the deaths of 1,335 people.

“Because there is no comprehensive record-keeping of deaths involving concealed handgun permit holders and many states in fact bar the release of such information, the examples on Concealed Carry Killers are taken primarily from news reports along with the limited information collected by a few states,” according to a statement from VPC. “Hence, they likely represent a small fraction of actual events.”

Concealed Carry Killers does not include the small number of incidents that are eventually determined to involve self-defense or where no verdict is reached at trial. All such incidents are removed from the database’s ongoing totals.

In the vast majority of the 1,104 incidents documented in Concealed Carry Killers (995, or 90 percent), the concealed carry permit holder either committed suicide (534), has already been convicted (379), perpetrated a murder-suicide (62), or was killed in the incident (20). Of the 72 cases still pending, the vast majority (59) of concealed carry killers have been charged with criminal homicide, four were deemed incompetent to stand trial, and nine incidents are still under investigation.

An additional 37 incidents were fatal unintentional shootings involving the gun of the concealed handgun permit holder.

Concealed Carry Killers includes detailed narratives for the majority of the 1,104 incidents, including (if available) the age of the perpetrator and the victim(s), the weapon used, the relationship(s) of those involved in the killing, and motives for the killing when stated.

One example from another VPC publication details the story of handgun permit holder Juan Lopez, 32. On November 19, 2018, Lopez shot and killed his former fiancée Dr. Tamara O’Neal, 38, at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

Lopez also shot and killed Dayna Less, 25, a first-year pharmacy resident, and Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, who was responding to the shooting. Lopez was found dead at the hospital.

4 thoughts on “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Killed 1,335 Since 2007

  1. In which of these cases was the Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) an enabling factor in the crime? For example, if someone shoots his wife inside his home and then shoots himself, what does the permit have to do with it? In the one example cited in the hospital in Chicago, such murder-suicides happen without a CCP being involved. Did the CCP play any role?

  2. Only 1k+ in over 10 years? Damn, that’s actually pretty good out of literally millions. We have more than a dozen states that have Constitutional carry, so you can only imagine how many people CC on the daily at this point. Fun fact, several states with Constitutional carry are actually rated the safest in the entire nation. The irony of this entire article is the fact you even point out the fact the overwhelming majority are suicides (are you about to tell me you REALLY think not having a permit or not CC’ing would lead to less suicides?… lol), and the rest are people with a criminal record.

    If you’re going to shriek over LITERALLY 52 PEOPLE who neglected their right to conceal carry, I don’t think we need to argue this any further. Every single day you walk past people with a CCW. You can stop with the fake hysteria.

  3. This includes “Non-Self Defense” cases, which is the majority of that number. It then assumes that the person would not have been carrying if they didn’t have a license to do so.

  4. Actually these stats are grossly misrepresented. It includes suicides, roughly 75 cases that are still in court (the person has not been convicted of a crime) which indicates these numbers are inflated by personally convicting somebody before they have had due process in the court of law. Which within itself takes almost all credibility out of these statistics. Also, well over 100 of these cases happened when a concealed carry permit was irrelevant to the situation. Even with all of that, these numbers are ridiculously low to be even made into a thought. Less than 0.7% of murders happened with a CCW permit holder behind the trigger. Get some real information and stop getting your statistics from a anti gun non credible source. In the end it effects your credibility just as much if not more.

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