5 Feb , 2017

UPDATED: Accidental shootings on K-12 and University property by permit holders

We know of seven cases: one involving a teacher at an elementary school and the other six at colleges and universities around the country.  (The CPRC earlier report on the revocation rate data for college-age permit holders is available here.)

Keeping in mind that 25 states allow concealed handguns to varying degrees at K-12 schools, here is the case involving K-12 schools:

The Associated Press has this story from 2014:

Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom agreed Wednesday to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.

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29 Aug , 2014

CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Charles Vacca’s Death Is A Tragedy, But Gun Range Accidents Are Exceedingly Rare”

John Lott’s latest piece at the Daily Caller starts this way:

Even experts sometimes make mistakes.  That happened this past Sunday when a firing range instructor at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona was accidentally shot to death by a 9-year-old student.

The reaction has been swift. 


30 Jan , 2014

How often are people mistaken as home invaders and accidentally shot?: It looks to be extremely rare

We get this question often. It comes out of claims made by Arthur Kellermann and his research claiming the risk about having guns in the home. No official government statistics are collected on such cases, so we decided to do a news search to get a rough idea of the magnitude of these cases.…