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Airgun-related Mortality and Morbidity in the United States
Definition and Selection Criteria
While most countries include airguns within their legal definition of firearms, the United States does not. Federal law defines a ‘firearm’ almost exclusively as a weapon capable of expelling a projectile by the action of an explosive.1 2
As US official statistics follow the same definitions, and to avoid larger distortions, GunPolicy.org excludes airgun-related mortality and morbidity from its ‘death and injury by firearm’ data for the United States.
Although this can cause small variations in country-to-country comparisons, several factors reduce the effect. For example, in the United States the nationally reported rates of death and injury by airgun are low.3