Counting concealed-carry gun deaths

The Wisconsin Gazette

The Violence Policy Center today launched a new version of “Concealed Carry Killers,” an online resource tracking fatal non-self defense gun deaths. 

The website is concealedcarrykillers.org and it contains state-by-state information on mass shootings, murder-suicides, homicides, suicides, unintentional deaths and the killing of law enforcement personnel by private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns.

Concealedcarrykillers.org includes a new user-friendly map providing information on fatal incidents. Where possible, each incident includes a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Additional resources on the website include separate listings with detailed accounts for mass shootings involving concealed carry permit holders; murder-suicides committed by concealed carry permit holders; fatal law enforcement killings by concealed carry permit holders; and, an overall tally on fatal incidents throughout the nation.

“While the gun lobby and firearms industry work to keep secret the crimes committed by concealed handgun permit holders, the examples presented in Concealed Carry Killers reveal the real-world consequences in horrifying detail,” said Kristen Rand, the group’s legislative director. “We challenge anyone to sit down and read through the hundreds of incidents contained on this website — year by year, state by state, victim by victim — and not be shocked and angered by the needless lives lost, all for the sake of the gun industry’s bottom line.”

The activists have documented 29 mass shootings involving concealed carry permit holders since May 2007, resulting in the deaths of 139 victims.

Overall, Concealed Carry Killers documents 550 fatal incidents since May 2007 in 36 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in the deaths of 732 people.

Concealed Carry Killers does not include the small number of incidents ruled as lawful self-defense.