Report: 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Since 2009 Occurred in Gun-Free Zones

Report: 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Since 2009 Occurred in Gun-Free Zones
by AWR Hawkins 11 Oct 2014

On October 9, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC)
released a revised report showing that 92% of mass public
shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in
gun-free zones.

The CPRC report was released in response to an Everytown for
Gun Safety study claiming only 14% of mass public shootings
took place in gun-free zones. Everytown actually claimed
86% of such incidents occurred in places where guns were

CPRC showed that the 86% claim rests on Everytown’s
“inclusion of attacks in private homes” and “numerous errors
in identifying whether citizens can defend themselves.” For
example, Everytown “[ignores] rules that prevent general
citizens from carrying guns [for self-defense]” in certain
cities, and they fail to recognize that “allowing police to
carry guns is not the same thing as letting civilians defend

So Everytown might count an attack in a public area in Los
Angeles as a mass shooting where guns are allowed because
certain guns are allowed in the city with a permit.
However, they miss the fact that L.A. County issues a
minuscule number of concealed carry permits, and many of the
ones that are issued are granted only “to wealthy
[political] donors.”

Using the same numerical standard that Everytown used–four
or more people killed–but taking all rules and regulations
against firearm possession into account, CPRC showed that
only 8% of mass public shootings occurred in places where
citizens could have guns for self defense.