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CDC. 2016 ‘Underlying Cause of Death, Results - Handgun Discharge, Accidental Injury (ICD-10 Code: W32).’ CDC WONDER Online Database. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. 7 January

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Underlying Cause of Death, 1999-[to most recent year]

Results - Handgun Discharge, Accidental Injury
ICD-10 Code: W32 [aka 'unintentional handgun deaths']

Year: Deaths - Population - Crude Rate Per 100,000

2014: 96 - 318,857,056 - 0.03
2013: 79 - 316,128,839 - 0.02
2012: 69 - 313,914,040 - 0.02
2011: 68 - 311,591,917 - 0.02
2010: 91 - 308,745,538 - 0.03
2009: 81 - 306,771,529 - 0.03
2008: 89 - 304,093,966 - 0.03
2007: 90 - 301,231,207 - 0.03
2006: 107 - 298,379,912 - 0.04
2005: 107 - 295,516,599 - 0.04
2004: 93 - 292,805,298 - 0.03
2003: 83 - 290,107,933 - 0.03
2002: 108 - 287,625,193 - 0.04
2001: 108 - 284,968,955 - 0.04
2000: 120 - 281,421,906 - 0.04
1999: 130 - 279,040,168 - 0.05

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CAUTION - Editor's Note:

These figures are likely to undercount fatalities due to handguns. As many US death certificates fail to specify the weapon used, CDC data tables allocate a disproportionately high number of unintentional gun deaths to the 'Other and Unspecified' firearm category, as they do with homicide (see Rokaw, Mercy and Smith, 1990).1

For this and other reasons,2 GunPolicy.org cites and compares CDC data for the larger top-level categories (Total Gun Deaths, Gun Homicides), but displays and compares smaller, more accurate FBI tallies3 where these are disaggregated by weapon type (Handgun Homicides, Long Gun Homicides, and Gun Homicides (Other)).

Source cited:
Rokaw, William M., James A. Mercy and Jack C. Smith. 1990. Comparing Death Certificate Data with FBI Crime Reporting Statistics on US Homicides. Public Health Reports. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control, Vol.105 No.5, pp. 447-55.

ID: Q6480

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