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List of assassinations by firearm

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The following is a list of firearms by assassination detailing the firearms used in the killings of politicians and key social and cultural figures.

Year Location of attack Victim Attacker Weapon Notes
1570  Scotland James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh Matchlock carbine[1] The first assassination by firearm in recorded history
1584  Netherlands William the Silent, Prince of Orange Balthasar Gerard Wheel-lockpistol The second assassination by firearm, and first by handgun, in recorded history
1812  United Kingdom Prime Minister Spencer Perceval John Bellingham Screw-barrel .50 caliber flint-lock pistol[2] The only British prime minister to be assassinated. Bellingham bought a pair of half-inch bore pistols from gunsmith W. Beckwith of Snow Hill, for four guineas.[3]
1865  United States President Abraham Lincoln John Wilkes Booth .44 calibre muzzleloading derringer by Henry Deringer
1868  Canada Thomas D'Arcy McGee MP Patrick J. Whelan .32 rimfire Smith & Wesson Army revolver[4][5] Serial #50847
1880  Canada George Brown, Premier of Canada West George Bennett (murderer) "Colt revolver"[6]
1881  United States President James A. Garfield Charles Guiteau .44 caliber British bulldog revolver
1900  Italy King Umberto I of Italy Gaetano Bresci .32 S&W Iver-Johnson revolver
1901  United States President William McKinley Leon Czolgosz .32 S&W Iver-Johnson revolver Czolgosz purchased the weapon only three days prior to the assassination, for $4.50 in a hardware store in Buffalo (the site of the attack). Newspaper clippings Czolgosz had collected prior noted that this particular model had been used by anarchist Gaetano Bresci to assassinate King Humbert I of Italy.[7]
1904  Finland General Nikolay Bobrikov Eugen Schauman FN Browning M1900[8]
1908  Portugal King Carlos I of Portugal Manuel Buíça Winchester Model 1907 semi-automatic carbine chambered in .351 WSL Serial number 2137,[9] imported from Germany by Heitor Ferreira.[10]
1909  Korea Resident-General Itō Hirobumi An Jung-geun FN M1900 pistol[citation needed]
1914  Austria-Hungary Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Gavrilo Princip Browning Model 1910 .380 ACP pistol[11] A letter dated April 2012 from Thomas Ilming, curator Waffen und Technik, Vienna Military Museum, who holds the actual Belgium made Browning (FN) M1910 semi-auto pistol caliber .380 acp (9 mm kurz) s/n 19074 used by Princip. This semi-automatic pistol design allows the interchangeable barrels/receiver either 9mm kurz or 7.65mm which probably creates some confusion as to caliber, some references state .32 acp (7.65 mm). Letter from the Museum in Vienna states emphatically that the caliber of the assassination weapon was 9mm kurz.
1932  France President Paul Doumer Paul Gorguloff FN Model 1910
1933  United States Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago, during possible attempted assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt Giuseppe Zangara .32 S&W revolver by the United States Revolver Company[12] On arriving in Miami, Zangara purchased the revolver for $8 from a pawnshop, along with ten cartridges.[13]
1933  Peru President Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro Abelardo de Mendoza Browning semi-automatic pistol[14]
1934  France King Alexander I of Yugoslavia Vlado Chernozemski Mauser pistol[15]
1935  United States Senator Huey Long Carl Weiss FN Model 1910 .32 ACP semi-auto pistol[16]
1938  France Ernst vom Rath Herschel Grynszpan 6.35mm five-shot “hammerless” revolver[17] Purchased for 210 francs and a box of 25 bullets for 35 francs.[18]
1942  France Admiral François Darlan Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle .22 Colt Woodsman[19]
1944  Egypt Resident Minister Lord Moyne Eliyahu Hakim Nagant revolver[20]
1948  India Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse .380 ACP Beretta 1934 pistol
1963  United States John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald Italian military rifle, 6.5 mm Carcano Model 91/38
1965  United States Malcolm X Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson one sawed off shotgun, M1911A1 and a semi automatic handgun
1968  United States Martin Luther King, Jr. James Earl Ray Remington 760 Gamemaster chambered in .30-06 Springfield Ray initially purchased an identical model in .243 Winchester, but returned it as too weak for his purposes.[21]
1968  United States Robert F. Kennedy Sirhan Sirhan eight-shot Iver Johnson .22 calibre Cadet 55-A revolver Serial number H-53725, Trial-People's Exhibit #6, misidentified in trial testimony as S/N H-18602
1969  Somalia President Abdirashid Ali Shermarke Bodyguard "automatic rifle"[22]
1975  Saudi Arabia King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Musaid Revolver[23]
1978  United States George Moscone and Harvey Milk Dan White .38 Special S&W Chiefs Special snub-nosed revolver[24] White, a former policeman, wielded the revolver he used to carry on the job.[25]
1979  South Korea President Park Chung-hee Kim Jae-gyu Walther PPK .32 ACP[26]
1980  United States John Lennon Mark Chapman .38 Special Charter Arms snubnosed revolver Purchased at J&S Sales in Honolulu, Hawaii for $169[27]
1981  Egypt Anwar El Sadat Khalid Islambouli and co-conspirators Egyptian-issue AK-47 rifles One of the guns used in the killing had "In the name of Allah the avenger" inscribed on its barrel.[28]
1984  United States Alan Berg Members of the white nationalist group The Order Ingram MAC-10 pistol[29] The gun was illegally converted from semi to fully automatic[30]
1984  India Indira Gandhi Bodyguards Satwant Singh and Beant Singh .38 Special service revolver, 9mm SAF carbine (Indian-produced Sterling submachine gun)[31] Beant fired five shots from his service revolver, and Satwant followed with 25 shots of the carbine.[32]
1986  Sweden Olof Palme .357 Magnum revolver The shooter was never identified.
1995  United States Selena Yolanda Saldívar Taurus Model 85 .38 Special revolver[33] Following the trial, the revolver was publicly sawed into 50 small pieces and thrown into Corpus Christi Bay.[34]
1995  Israel Yitzhak Rabin Yigal Amir Beretta 84F semi-automatic pistol
2002  Netherlands Pim Fortuyn Volkert van der Graaf Star Firestar semi-automatic pistol
2003  Serbia Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić Zvezdan Jovanović Heckler & Koch G3 rifle Fired from a window 180m away.[35]
2004  Netherlands Theo van Gogh Mohammed Bouyeri HS2000 semi-automatic pistol[36]
2009  United Arab Emirates Sulim Yamadayev Unknown Makarov pistol The gold-plated pistol was left at the scene.[37]
2011  Pakistan Osama bin Laden Robert O’Neill Heckler & Koch HK416 rifle Bin Laden was standing behind a woman with his hands on her shoulders, pushing her forward.
2015  Northern Ireland Gerard "Jock" Davison Unknown Makarov pistol The PSNI reported that the use of a Makarov was "unusual"[38]
2015  United States Clementa C. Pinckney Dylann Roof Glock 41 handgun One of 9 people killed in the Charleston church shooting.
2016  Turkey Andrei Karlov Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş Canik 55 TP9 handgun Altıntaş was an off duty police officer and used his service weapon in the attack.


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