3 May , 2019

UPDATED: Compiling Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass public shootings and other mass attacks

This is a revised, updated version of a post originally written on April 21, 2015.

Columnist Eugene Volokh wrote in the Washington Post on April 20, 2015: “Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?”  We provided Volokh with a list of such cases, which he used.

Below, we have collected news stories on more cases of permit holders stopping mass public shootings with their handguns (we separately collect cases where concealed handguns are used to stop other crimes).  …

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15 Mar , 2019

Civilian apparently cut short attack at Second Christchurch Mosque, only 7 died at that Mosque versus 41 at other one

UPDATE: The original news reports suggested that a Muslim at the Mosque had run home (presumably very nearby) to get his gun to stop the attack. Well, new reports suggest something quite different happened. There are basic inconsistencies between the two reports.

The original reports suggest that the Muslim was able to fire the gun at the attacker, but the other articles suggest that he took the gun from the shooter and didn’t know how to fire it.…

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29 Oct , 2018

Concealed handgun permit holder stops man who enters an Alabama McDonalds firing his gun

“He’s my hero,” he said. “Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview.” . . .

He said he heard more than 15 shots fired. . . .

— Markus Washington to WAFF Channel 48 News

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26 Oct , 2018

Racist Mass Public Shooting at Louisville (KY) Kroger stopped by concealed handgun permit holder

The national media has picked up on this story because the killer, Gregory Bush, is racist. But they are ignoring the fact that a white civilian with a concealed handgun permit stopped the attack. Both the people murdered at the Koger — Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Jones, 67 — were black.…

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12 Sep , 2018

New FBI report claims that 8% of active shooter attacks during 2014-17 were stopped or mitigated by concealed handgun permit holders, but misses at least half the cases.

Originally posted on May 31, 2018. With the media giving news coverage to a study based on this politically biased data, it seemed useful to again point out the flaws in the FBI’s data.

Original Post: The FBI has now released its third report on active shooters.  The first report covered 2000-2013, and we found 20 missing cases where at least 2 people had been killed. …

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5 Aug , 2018

Concealed handgun permit holder stops gunman who was firing his gun at Titusville, Florida back to school event

Update: From Fox 32 WOFL in Orlando, Florida.

Titusville Police still have not released the name of the man who stopped the shooter at a park on Saturday, but they are calling him a hero.

The gunshots still echo across social media, after the emcee at Titusville’s Peace in the City event posted a Facebook live video of the shooting.

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28 Nov , 2017

Two concealed handgun permit holders stop mass public shooting at auto shop in Rockledge, Florida


Rockledge, Florida, November 24, 2017 (Florida Today, WFTV.com in Orlando)

Two concealed handgun permit holders stopped an attack at Schlenker Automotive repair shop at 4:30 PM on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The attacker, Robert Bailey, was armed with a .45-caliber handgun and “multiple magazines” and killed one person and severely wounded another in the business’ parking lot.  …

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14 Nov , 2017

At The Hill: “It’s time for more parishioners to lock and load when they go to church”

With all the discussions of whether people should carry their permitted concealed handguns with them to church, Dr. John Lott has this new piece in The Hill newspaper.  The article starts this way:

There are simply too many targets for police to be able to guard everyone. And even when they are in the right place at the right time, an officer’s uniform is like a neon sign saying, “Shoot me first.”

It’s also not realistic to keep terrorists and criminals from getting weapons.

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12 Nov , 2017

At Fox News: Good guys with guns saving lives

With all the discussions about people having guns at churches for self-defense, Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News that details some of the cases where people have used permitted concealed handguns to stop mass public shootings:

Stephen Willeford’s heroic actions last Sunday saved many lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

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2 Jun , 2015

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Georgia County Sheriff: “in my opinion [concealed handgun permit holder] saved other lives in that store”

Conyers, Georgia, Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Rockdale Citizen

Often it is claimed that citizens who stop mass public shootings don’t get news coverage because they stop anyone from being killed.  But in this case two people were killed before the permit holder was able to stop the attack.

A customer who fired back at the suspect who killed two people in a Ga.

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