Individuals with approved concealed carry permits have killed at least 1,335 people — not in self-defense — since 2007, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.
The center has compiled the 1,104 fatal incidents, summarizing each of them on ConcealedCarryKillers.com.
Furthermore, research shows that the states with loosely enforced concealed carry laws often struggle with higher violent crime rates. A Stanford study from 2017 found that states that expanded individuals rights to carry weapons through “Right-to-Carry” laws (like Texas) have experienced crime rates higher than those states without Right-to-Carry laws (like California).
“Contrary to the false claims made by the gun lobby, allowing random people to carry guns endangers public safety,” said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand.
Texas and Florida were home to the highest numbers of concealed carry killings, with 65 and 84, respectively.
None of the three shootings in California were mass shootings. In one case, an ongoing feud about cats between two neighbors escalated to murder.
People with permission to carry concealed weapons also kill law enforcement officers during dangerous confrontations.
Researchers found 19 cases involving concealed carry individuals killing 24 police officers.
In 35 cases, permit-holders committed mass murder (three or more deaths), killing a total of 167 people.
Thirty-seven deaths were unintentional shootings that involved the permit-holder’s gun (but not necessarily the permit-holder themself).
More than half of the shooters committed suicide after killing others. Nearly 380 more have already been convicted in court.