In pushing their gun-control (confiscation) agenda, Democrats and their allies in the legacy media often say that rarely, if ever, have citizens with permitted concealed handguns stopped mass shootings.
The center noted: "Gun control advocates raise the concern that concealed handgun permit holders who stop an attack might accidentally shoot a bystander. They are also fearful that the police might accidentally kill the permit holder. While such incidents are a possibility, they have yet to occur. We probably do not have all the cases where a permit holder stopped a mass public shooting, but if a permit holder were to shoot a bystander, it seems clear that such an event would get news coverage."
The center's research shows nine instances in just the last two years where citizens carrying legally owned firearms stopped mass shootings:
Charleston, West Virginia, May 25, 2022
A man with “an extensive criminal history” started firing an “AR-15 style firearm” into a crowd. A woman who was legally carrying a handgun was there to stop the attack.
Police said a woman who was lawfully carrying a pistol shot and killed a man who began shooting at a crowd of people in Charleston.
Dennis Butler was killed after allegedly shooting at dozens of people attending a graduation party near the Vista View Apartment complex. No injuries were reported from those at the party.
Investigators said Butler was warned about speeding in the area with children present before he left. He later returned with an AR-15-style firearm and began firing into the crowd before he was shot and killed.
“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett said. Hazelett said no charges will be filed against the woman.
South Fulton, Georgia, May 3, 2022
A teenager started firing his gun at multiple people at a park in South Fulton, Georgia where a large number of people had gathered for an anti-violence riot.
Police said two individuals who were legally carrying firearms fired at the shooter, 18-year-old Malik Hambrick, who was killed. After reviewing witness statements, South Fulton Police said Hambrick had opened fire first and that no charges are expected against the other gun owners.
Portland, Oregon, February 19, 2022
A homeowner allegedly confronted participants at a racial justice demonstration before pulling out a handgun and shooting multiple people in the crowd, leaving one woman dead and several others injured. The shooting ended when a person with the group of demonstrators, who is licensed to conceal carry a firearm, fired back, striking the homeowner in the hip.
The suspect faces several charges, including murder, prosecutors said.
The shooting unfolded after Benjamin Smith, described by police as an homeowner, allegedly confronted a group of demonstrators who were protesting the killing of Amir Locke by Minneapolis police, authorities said.
“Several participants asked Smith to leave them alone. Moments later, Smith drew a firearm and fired at the crowd, striking five people,” the DA’s office said.
The shooting ended when a person with the group of demonstrators shot Smith in the “hip area,” critically wounding him. Law enforcement originally detained that person on charges of first degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, both felonies. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office ultimately decided to bring “no complaint” against the person “based upon our review of facts and evidence.”
Court records show the individual who shot Smith is licensed to conceal carry a firearm.
South Central, Nebraska, October 22, 2021
A worker who had been fired from a south central Nebraska grain complex returned to the facility and started shooting at his former colleagues, killing two, and injuring another according to the Nebraska State Patrol.
The gunman, identified as Max Hoskinson, 61, was shot and killed by another employee of the Agrex facility in Superior, Nebraska.
According to investigators, Hoskinson returned to Agrex shortly before 2:00 p.m. and opened fire with a handgun. He was stopped by someone who used a shotgun legally stored in the Agrex office.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2021
Four people were injured after a fight between two teenagers at Lancaster’s Park City Center Mall escalated into a shooting. A 16-year-old who was illegally carrying a gun started the shooting. But it could have been much worse were it not for a concealed handgun permit holder.
Lancaster police said the unidentified bystander, who legally possessed the firearm, had heard gunshots related to a fight between two males who knew each other. The bystander remained on scene until security and police arrived.
The two males who knew each other and other people struggled for the gun. A 16-year-old who was able to grab the gun started firing, striking at least one of the people involved.
The bystander, who had been in a store nearby, heard the shots, came over and “then engaged the subjects fighting over the gun and fired shots, striking one of the suspects,” police said.
Syracuse, New York, August 31, 2021
The District Attorney credited a property manager with saving the lives of several individuals after he pulled a legally possessed 9mm handgun and fatally wounded a man who opened fire on a crowd outside a building.
Demetrius Jackson, the man killed in the Lodi Street shooting, was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said.
Jackson threatened multiple people at the location and fired the loaded handgun in the direction of those people, officials said.
Another man, who was on scene and in possession of a 9mm handgun returned fire striking and killing Jackson, Fitzpatrick said.
According to Fitzpatrick, this man has a valid pistol permit for the 9mm handgun.
The District Attorney said in a statement that based on preliminary investigation, it appears the man who shot Jackson saved the lives of several individuals…
San Antonio, Texas, August 11, 2021
A woman who crashed into a parked car in San Antonio’s West Side neighborhood climbed out of her vehicle and began shooting indiscriminately at people who came out of their homes to aid her. An armed resident fired back and shot the driver to death, ending the violent threat to the neighborhood.
Police said the driver was traveling at high speed and crashed into a parked car.
The owner of the vehicle that was hit, a man in his 50s, and two others came out to see what happened. That’s when the female driver got out of the car and opened fire, hitting three people, police said.
“During the shooting, a neighbor from a nearby residence, intervenes, comes to the aids of the victims, opens fire on our suspect, striking her multiple times,” police said, adding it does not appear that the neighbor who fatally shot the woman will face any charges.
Fort Meyers, Florida, July 22, 2021
A man, who was a convicted felon and illegally possessing a gun, fired multiple shots into a crowd before a bystander returned fire. When the bystander confronted the attacker, he stopped attacking and “threw his gun in a parking lot.” Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack.
The Fort Myers PD ShotSpotter detected multiple shots fired in the area of Henderson Avenue and Thomas Street near an abandoned building.
When police arrived, they arrested David Williams, 50, after a struggle and holding him at Taser-point.
Witnesses say Williams had “an object” in his jacket pocket that he began banging on a bench – which turned out to be a gun. They say he did it multiple times before pulling it out and firing toward a crowd of people.
One of the men in the crowd pulled out his own gun and returned fire in the direction of Williams.
Police said Williams then threw his gun in a parking lot.
Chicago, Illinois, July 4, 2021
A gunman who shot three people, killing one, in a South Austin alley on the Fourth of July was stopped by an individual with a concealed carry license, a Chicago police statement said.
Officers were called to the first block of North Menard Avenue and found a total of four people shot, a police notification said. But one of the injured men was alleged to be the gunman who had shot the other three people before an uninvolved witness pulled his own gun and shot the attacker, officials said.
Initially, three people, including a 45-year-old woman, had been shot as they stood outside in an alley, police said. A 33-year-old man approached and “began shooting at the victims,” according to the police notification.
The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the head and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Nearby, a second, uninvolved 49-year-old man witnessed the attack, police said. He had a concealed carry license, which allowed him to legally possess a weapon. That man drew his weapon and shot at the gunman.