Violence Policy Center Says Florida Tops Nation In Killings by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

Violence Policy Center Press Release:

Washington, DC--

Concealed handgun permit holders killed eight law enforcement officers and 77 private citizens (including 10 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) during the period May 2007 through October 2009 according to a new Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such killings.

The web site, CCW Killers, is located at and is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings and changes in the legal status of concealed handgun permit holders facing criminal charges. (Any concealed handgun permit holders who are eventually acquitted of their alleged crimes are not included in the tallies maintained on the site although the facts surrounding the shooting are detailed.)

In Florida, concealed handgun permit holders killed 14 people in 11 separate incidents. Two incidents resulted in the alleged murders of two law enforcement officers. On August 19, 2009, Tampa police officer Corporal Mike Roberts questioned Humberto Delgado Jr. who was pushing a shopping cart filled with military gear and firearms, including an assault rifle. After a struggle, Officer Roberts was allegedly gunned down while on his back by Delgado. And on August 5, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Donald Pettit was allegedly shot and killed by James Wonder at a post office parking lot after a road rage incident.

Two other Florida incidents involved murder-suicides. One of the most grisly occurred on March 8, 2008, when Christine Burroughs ran to her neighbor's house naked and covered in blood. Her husband, Arthur Burroughs, pursued her, fatally shooting their neighbor, Lance Lather, before shooting his wife and then himself.
(See for detailed descriptions of the incidents.)

“Florida's deeply flawed concealed handgun permit system is an abject failure and urgently needs to be strengthened, if not abolished,” said Scott Vogel, communications director for Freedom States Alliance, a national organization that supports grassroots organizations and advocates working to prevent gun violence, which assisted in releasing today's study. “Florida's failed system allowing the carrying of hidden and loaded handguns in public weakens public safety and threatens police. No other state comes close to the numbers of concealed handgun permit holders involved in lethal shootings.”

The new VPC web site offers detailed descriptions of the 46 incidents, which occurred in 18 states. Of these incidents, 10 were murder-suicides involving firearms and eight were mass shootings (three or more victims) that claimed as many as 11 lives at a time. Law enforcement officers were killed in Florida (two incidents), Idaho, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (two incidents). All of the law enforcement killings were committed with guns.

Private citizens were killed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida (nine incidents), Idaho (two incidents), Kentucky, Michigan (three incidents), New York, North Carolina (two incidents), Ohio (three incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (five incidents), Texas, Utah (two incidents), and Virginia (three incidents). All but one of the killings were committed with guns.

Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, states, "This new web site makes clear that contrary to the false promises of the gun lobby the simple and deadly fact is that state concealed handgun systems are arming cop-killers, mass shooters, and other murderers."

Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies concealed handgun permit holder killings as reported by news outlets. It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.

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  • by Winkie Location: FL on Apr 2, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Skewed, skewed,and skewed again. Figures can LIE and LIERS can figure. Put your time and money to work on useful pursuits pseudo-information pandering Violence Center. Give us some REAL info on CRIMINAL killings. Bad dogs!!!!
  • by Mickey Location: FLORIDA on Dec 1, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    LOL, WHAT A JOKE! Take the "any city or town challenge" Try it... and see yourself. Pick any town... for you moron libs that want to stack the deck... go ahead, pick a small white Idaho town... FINE... Gather correct verifiable data from local news or court sources in the town you choose! Document the Town's gun violence from Friday (any Friday) starting at 6 PM. Gather all the data until Sunday 6 AM!!!!! #1) Gather what the Gun Crime was??? #2)What the weapon used was? #3. Who Committed the crime, i.e., sportsman, Career Criminal and if associated with a known gang? #4. WHAT TYPE OF WEPON USED, I.E., Sports Rifle, Shotgun, Hand Gun, etc, etc. Now.... Review your data... Listen up Libs!!! It will always... every time, come up.... very few if any sportsman are committing gun crimes... but it will show, criminals and gang members are the target. Want fewer gun crimes, ... put the criminals who use guns in jail for ever! Simple! Secondly, go directly after Ciminals.
  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    Most Politicians carry concealed weapons, Most Liberals in Hollweird carry concealed weapons, Most business owners carry concealed weapons. The Violence Policy Center wants to stop everyday citizens from even owning a firearm. Close the Violence Policy Center paid for with our TAX MONEY.
  • by JD on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    Anon is a moron who is in line with the socialist comunist democrats like pelocie,finestine and obama,that want to dictate your every day life a true southerner believes in freedom,and freedom of choice which is our GOD GIVEN RIGHT under the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES and will defend it against all tyrants like anon obama and his democratic chronies I am niether democrat or republican I AM AN AMERICAN!
  • by Anon on Nov 22, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    To the Truth. That's because most southerners are idiots who cling to their racist past. Republicans freed the slaves and thats why people down here remain Democrats.
  • by The Truth on Nov 21, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Buddy is correct. Turtle tunnel anyone? I just can't believe so many citizens in this area are STILL registered as Democrats, despite the fact that the Democratic party of today demonizes and ridicules white Southerners and wishes the South would just disappear. Southern Democrats need to wake up.
  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Nov 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    All Democrat Senators has been bought off by Harry Reid with our TAX MONEY,go buy guns and ammo. today, We are on the road to a Dictatorship under the present Liberal administration.
  • by Joe Location: Florida on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:16 AM
    I have to say this sounds to like a bunch of liberal propaganda. How can people still support Obama and the Democrats? This President is forcing policy on the people. He can do what ever he wants and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Aleast until 2010. As far as concealed carry goes this studies statics are flawed. Compare it the number of shooting by none concealed carry holders. I also noticed that Utah was not on the list and concealed carry holders there can take there guns on college campuses and they have had no mass killings at anyone of their schools. The best way to be killed by a gun is not having one to protect yourself.
  • by Vote Them Out on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:37 PM
    Don't worry. As long as we have Obozo as president and a Marxist Congress, NONE of us will be able to obtain a concealed weapons permit. Heck, we probably won't be able to own a handgun at all.
  • by TerriLi Location: Tallahassee on Nov 20, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    I forget the exact number, but there are currently 641,000 Concealed Weapon or Firearm License holders. So well over half a millon, and even if you had 85 deaths in Florida from CWFL people thats a really small number.
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