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United States — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the United States is 265,000,0001 2 to 393,347,0003 4 5

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in the United States is

2017: 120.503
2007: 101.054 6 2

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In the United States, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 87,079,0001 to 110,000,0004

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In the United States, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 53,371,0001 to 86,000,0004

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In the United States, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 111,300,0001 to 114,000,0004

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 17

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 12

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2017: 42.0%8 9
2016: 39.0%
2015: 41.0%
2014: 31.0%10
2013: 37%11
2012: 33.1%10 11 12 13
2010: 31.1%
2008: 34.0%
2006: 33.1%
2004: 34.7%
2002: 33.5%
2000: 32.4%
1998: 34.8%
1996: 40.1%
1994: 40.6%
1993: 42.0%
1991: 39.6%
1990: 42.2%
1989: 46.0%
1988: 39.8%
1987: 46.0%
1985: 44.2%
1984: 44.9%
1982: 45.3%
1980: 47.3%
1977: 50.4%
1976: 46.5%
1974: 46.1%
1973: 47.0%

Proportion of Households with Rifles

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

2012: 20.5%14
2010: 19.4%
2008: 25.2%
2006: 20.4%
2004: 21.0%
2002: 22.2%
2000: 21.6%
1998: 22.5%
1996: 25.8%
1994: 27.3%
1993: 25.7%
1991: 27.8%
1990: 27.8%
1989: 29.6%
1988: 27.3%
1987: 30.0%
1985: 31.4%
1984: 29.6%
1982: 32.5%
1980: 31.2%
1977: 33.5%
1976: 30.5%
1974: 28.4%
1973: 30.8%

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

2012: 21.4%15
2010: 19.7%
2008: 25.4%
2006: 20.3%
2004: 20.0%
2002: 23.2%
2000: 20.0%
1998: 22.1%
1996: 27.2%
1994: 27.1%
1993: 29.7%
1991: 29.0%
1990: 28.6%
1989: 30.6%
1988: 26.4%
1987: 30.9%
1985: 30.3%
1984: 28.7%
1982: 32.7%
1980: 33.0%
1977: 34.8%
1976: 30.5%
1974: 29.0%
1973: 29.0%

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2012: 21.9%16
2010: 19.6%
2008: 26.2%
2006: 20.0%
2004: 20.7%
2002: 21.0%
2000: 20.5%
1998: 20.5%
1996: 23.7%
1994: 26.2%
1993: 26.1%
1991: 22.1%
1990: 24.9%
1989: 26.8%
1988: 24.4%
1987: 26.1%
1985: 24.1%
1984: 21.4%
1982: 22.9%
1980: 24.9%
1977: 21.3%
1976: 22.2%
1974: 20.3%
1973: 20.3%

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in the United States is reported to be

2017: 1,073,7433

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

Unregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,17 but in the United States there are estimated to be

2017: 392,273,2573

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the United States are reported to have 4,535,38018 firearms

Routine Arming of Police

In the United States, police officers on routine patrol carry one or more firearms19 20 21 22

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the United States are reported to have 1,016,00023 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 39,77324
2016: 38,65825
2015: 36,247
2014: 33,594
2013: 33,635
2012: 33,563
2011: 32,35125 26
2010: 31,67225
2009: 31,347
2008: 31,593
2007: 31,224
2006: 30,896
2005: 30,694
2004: 29,569
2003: 30,136
2002: 30,242
2001: 29,573
2000: 28,663
1999: 28,874

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 12.2124
2016: 11.96
2015: 11.28
2014: 10.54
2013: 10.64
2012: 10.69
2011: 10.38
2010: 10.26
2009: 10.22
2008: 10.39
2007: 10.37
2006: 10.35
2005: 10.39
2004: 10.10
2003: 10.39
2002: 10.51
2001: 10.38
2000: 10.19
1999: 10.35

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 34,06224
2016: 32,994
2015: 31,027
2014: 28,715
2013: 28,793
2012: 28,838
2011: 27,738
2010: 27,356
2009: 26,921
2008: 27,336
2007: 27,047
2006: 26,712
2005: 26,657
2004: 25,498
2003: 26,124
2002: 26,098
2001: 25,480
2000: 24,582
1999: 24,700

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 21.2324
2016: 20.74
2015: 19.61
2014: 18.30
2013: 18.50
2012: 18.67
2011: 18.10
2010: 18.02
2009: 17.85
2008: 18.29
2007: 18.27
2006: 18.22
2005: 18.36
2004: 17.73
2003: 18.34
2002: 18.48
2001: 18.21
2000: 17.81
1999: 18.06

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 5,71124
2016: 5,664
2015: 5,220
2014: 4,879
2013: 4,842
2012: 4,725
2011: 4,613
2010: 4,316
2009: 4,426
2008: 4,257
2007: 4,177
2006: 4,184
2005: 4,037
2004: 4,071
2003: 4,012
2002: 4,144
2001: 4,093
2000: 4,081
1999: 4,174

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.4524
2016: 3.45
2015: 3.20
2014: 3.01
2013: 3.02
2012: 2.96
2011: 2.91
2010: 2.75
2009: 2.84
2008: 2.75
2007: 2.73
2006: 2.76
2005: 2.69
2004: 2.73
2003: 2.72
2002: 2.83
2001: 2.82
2000: 2.85
1999: 2.93

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual homicides by any means27 total

2017: 19,26924
2016: 19,103
2015: 17,525
2014: 15,625
2013: 15,863
2012: 16,443
2011: 16,010
2010: 16,008
2009: 16,550
2008: 17,580
2007: 17,128
2006: 18,573
2005: 18,124
2004: 17,357
2003: 17,732
2002: 17,638
2001: 20,308
2000: 16,765
1999: 16,88925 28 29
1998: 14,27628 29
1997: 18,20830 29
1996: 19,645
1995: 21,606

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of homicide by any means31 per 100,000 population is

2017: 5.9224
2016: 5.91
2015: 5.45
2014: 4.90
2013: 5.02
2012: 5.24
2011: 5.14
2010: 5.18
2009: 5.39
2008: 5.78
2007: 5.69
2006: 6.22
2005: 6.13
2004: 5.93
2003: 6.11
2002: 6.13
2001: 7.13
2000: 5.96
1999: 6.0525 28 29
1998: 5.1928 29
1997: 6.729
1996: 7.3
1995: 8.1
1993: 9.9332

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 15,31724
2016: 15,25325
2015: 14,051
2014: 12,334
2013: 12,516
2012: 13,002
2011: 12,552
2010: 12,558
2009: 12,916
2008: 13,925

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 9.5524
2016: 9.59
2015: 8.88
2014: 7.86
2013: 8.04
2012: 8.42
2011: 8.19
2010: 8.27
2009: 8.56
2008: 9.32
2007: 9.06

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 3,95224
2016: 3,85025
2015: 3,474
2014: 3,291
2013: 3,347
2012: 3,441
2011: 3,458
2010: 3,450
2009: 3,634
2008: 3,655
2007: 3,678

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.3924
2016: 2.35
2015: 2.13
2014: 2.03
2013: 2.09
2012: 2.16
2011: 2.18
2010: 2.20
2009: 2.33
2008: 2.36

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, annual firearm homicides33 total

2017: 14,54224
2016: 14,41525
2015: 12,974
2014: 11,008
2013: 11,207
2012: 11,62225 34
2011: 11,06825 26 35 34
2010: 11,07825 35 34 29 36
2009: 11,493
2008: 12,179
2007: 12,632
2006: 12,79125 29 36
2005: 12,35225 34 29 36
2004: 11,62425 29 36
2003: 11,920
2002: 11,82925 37 36
2001: 11,348
2000: 10,80125
1999: 10,82825 28
1998: 9,25728

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population38 is

2017: 4.4624
2016: 4.46
2015: 4.04
2014: 3.45
2013: 3.55
2012: 3.70
2011: 3.55
2010: 3.59
2009: 3.75
2008: 4.01
2007: 4.19
2006: 4.29
2005: 4.18
2004: 3.97
2003: 4.11
2002: 4.1125 37 36
2001: 3.98
2000: 3.8425
1999: 3.8825 28
1998: 3.3728
1993: 7.0739

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2012: 60%34
2011: 69.6%40 34 41 42
2010: 68.1%40 34
2009: 68.4%
2008: 68.3%
2007: 68.8%
2006: 68.9%
2005: 68.2%
2004: 67.0%40
2003: 67.2%
2002: 67.1%
2001: 55.9%
2000: 64.4%
1999: 64.1%
1998: 65.9%
1997: 68.0%
1996: 68.0%
1995: 69.0%
1994: 71.4%
1993: 71.2%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 12,22024
2016: 12,21325
2015: 11,024
2014: 9,278
2013: 9,444
2012: 9,797
2011: 9,270
2010: 9,340
2009: 9,615
2008: 10,361

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.6224
2016: 7.68
2015: 6.97
2014: 5.91
2013: 6.07
2012: 6.34
2011: 6.05
2010: 6.15
2009: 6.38
2008: 6.93

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 2,32224
2016: 2,20225
2015: 1,950
2014: 1,730
2013: 1,763
2012: 1,825
2011: 1,798
2010: 1,738
2009: 1,878
2008: 1,818

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.4024
2016: 1.34
2015: 1.19
2014: 1.07
2013: 1.10
2012: 1.14
2011: 1.14
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.20
2008: 1.18

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, according to figures43 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2017: 7,03235 44
2016: 7,102
2015: 6,434
2014: 5,545
2013: 5,768
2012: 6,404
2011: 6,251
2010: 6,115
2009: 6,501
2008: 6,800
2007: 7,398
2006: 7,836
2005: 7,565
2004: 7,286
2003: 7,745
2002: 7,294
2001: 6,931
2000: 6,778
1999: 6,658

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, according to figures45 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.166
2016: 2.20
2015: 2
2014: 1.74
2013: 1.82
2012: 2.04
2011: 2.01
2010: 1.98
2009: 2.12
2008: 2.24
2007: 2.46
2006: 2.63
2005: 2.56
2004: 2.49
2003: 2.67
2002: 2.54
2001: 2.43
2000: 2.40
1999: 2.39

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual handgun homicides total

2017: 1,07624
2016: 1,05346
2015: 984
2014: 78544
2013: 853
2012: 872
2011: 843
2010: 899
2009: 1,013
2008: 961
2007: 976
2006: 997
2005: 1,074
2004: 1,011
2003: 1,011
2002: 1,024
2001: 1,014
2000: 1,068
1999: 1,082

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.3324
2016: 0.33
2015: 0.31
2014: 0.25
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.28
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.33
2008: 0.32
2007: 0.32
2006: 0.33
2005: 0.36
2004: 0.35
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.36
2001: 0.36
2000: 0.38
1999: 0.39

Male Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male handgun homicides total

2017: 87224
2016: 85525
2015: 801
2014: 618
2013: 669
2012: 725
2011: 655
2010: 714
2009: 832
2008: 789

Rate of Male Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.5424
2016: 0.54
2015: 0.51
2014: 0.39
2013: 0.43
2012: 0.47
2011: 0.43
2010: 0.47
2009: 0.55
2008: 0.53

Female Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female handgun homicides total

2017: 20424
2016: 19825
2015: 183
2014: 167
2013: 184
2012: 147
2011: 188
2010: 185
2009: 181
2008: 172

Rate of Female Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1224
2016: 0.12
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.11

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, according to figures47 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2017: 66735 44
2016: 636
2015: 520
2014: 506
2013: 593
2012: 608
2011: 694
2010: 733
2009: 774
2008: 822
2007: 910
2006: 928
2005: 967
2004: 910
2003: 846
2002: 974
2001: 897
2000: 896
1999: 931

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, according to figures48 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.206
2016: 0.20
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.27
2007: 0.30
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.33
2004: 0.31
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.34
2001: 0.31
2000: 0.32
1999: 0.33

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual long gun homicides total

2017: 52024
2016: 52249
2015: 475
2014: 455
2013: 495
2012: 489
2011: 543
2010: 576
2009: 640
2008: 664
2007: 682
2006: 768
2005: 765
2004: 714
2003: 687
2002: 744
2001: 758
2000: 694
1999: 693

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1624
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.15
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.24
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.25
1999: 0.25

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male long gun homicides total

2017: 38624
2016: 40625
2015: 347
2014: 336
2013: 367
2012: 373
2011: 399
2010: 437
2009: 473
2008: 514

Rate of Male Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.2424
2016: 0.26
2015: 0.22
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.31
2008: 0.34

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female long gun homicides total

2017: 13424
2016: 11625
2015: 128
2014: 119
2013: 128
2012: 116
2011: 144
2010: 139
2009: 167
2008: 150

Rate of Female Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0824
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.10

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the United States, according to figures50 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 3,28335 51
2016: 3,232
2015: 2,633
2014: 2,052
2013: 2,077
2012: 1,885
2011: 1,708
2010: 2,026
2009: 1,924
2008: 1,906
2007: 1,821
2006: 1,461
2005: 1,626
2004: 1,189
2003: 1,068
2002: 1,260
2001: 1,062
2000: 987
1999: 891

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, according to figures52 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.016
2016: 1.00
2015: 0.82
2014: 0.64
2013: 0.66
2012: 0.60
2011: 0.55
2010: 0.65
2009: 0.63
2008: 0.63
2007: 0.60
2006: 0.49
2005: 0.55
2004: 0.41
2003: 0.37
2002: 0.44
2001: 0.37
2000: 0.35
1999: 0.32

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 12,94624
2016: 12,84053 44
2015: 11,515
2014: 9,768
2013: 9,859
2012: 10,261
2011: 9,682
2010: 9,603
2009: 9,840
2008: 10,554
2007: 10,974
2006: 11,026
2005: 10,513
2004: 9,899
2003: 10,222
2002: 10,061
2001: 9,576
2000: 9,039
1999: 9,053

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.9724
2016: 3.97
2015: 3.58
2014: 3.06
2013: 3.12
2012: 3.27
2011: 3.11
2010: 3.11
2009: 3.21
2008: 3.47
2007: 3.64
2006: 3.70
2005: 3.56
2004: 3.38
2003: 3.52
2002: 3.50
2001: 3.36
2000: 3.21
1999: 3.24

Male Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 10,96224
2016: 10,95225
2015: 9,876
2014: 8,324
2013: 8,408
2012: 8,699
2011: 8,216
2010: 8,189
2009: 8,310
2008: 9,058

Rate of Male Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 6.8324
2016: 6.88
2015: 6.24
2014: 5.30
2013: 5.40
2012: 5.63
2011: 5.36
2010: 5.40
2009: 5.51
2008: 6.06

Female Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 1,98424
2016: 1,88825
2015: 1,639
2014: 1,444
2013: 1,451
2012: 1,562
2011: 1,466
2010: 1,414
2009: 1,530
2008: 1,496

Rate of Female Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.2024
2016: 1.15
2015: 1
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.98
2011: 0.93
2010: 0.90
2009: 0.98
2008: 0.97

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual suicides by any means total

2017: 47,10724
2016: 44,87625
2015: 44,145
2014: 42,756
2013: 41,060
2012: 40,531
2011: 39,442
2010: 38,307
2009: 36,837
2008: 35,969
2007: 34,598
2006: 33,300
2005: 32,63725 54 55
2004: 32,43925 55
2003: 31,484
2002: 31,655
2001: 30,62225 56 55
2000: 29,35025 55
1999: 29,19925

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 14.4624
2016: 13.89
2015: 13.73
2014: 13.41
2013: 12.99
2012: 12.91
2011: 12.66
2010: 12.41
2009: 12.01
2008: 11.83
2007: 11.4925 55
2006: 11.16
2005: 11.0425 54 55
2004: 11.0825 55
2003: 10.8525 57 55
2002: 11.0125 55
2001: 10.7525 56 55
2000: 10.4325 55
1999: 10.4625
1993: 12.0658

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 36,72624
2016: 34,65625
2015: 33,959
2014: 33,107
2013: 31,991
2012: 31,727
2011: 30,946
2010: 30,234
2009: 29,033
2008: 28,402

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 22.9024
2016: 21.79
2015: 21.46
2014: 21.10
2013: 20.55
2012: 20.54
2011: 20.19
2010: 19.92
2009: 19.25
2008: 19

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 10,38124
2016: 10,22025
2015: 10,186
2014: 9,649
2013: 9,069
2012: 8,804
2011: 8,496
2010: 8,073
2009: 7,804
2008: 7,567

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 6.2824
2016: 6.23
2015: 6.24
2014: 5.96
2013: 5.65
2012: 5.52
2011: 5.37
2010: 5.14
2009: 5
2008: 4.89

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the United States, annual firearm suicides total

2017: 23,85424
2016: 22,93825
2015: 22,018
2014: 21,386
2013: 21,175
2012: 20,666
2011: 19,99025 26
2010: 19,39225
2009: 18,735
2008: 18,223
2007: 17,352
2006: 16,883
2005: 17,00225 59
2004: 16,75025
2003: 16,907
2002: 17,108
2001: 16,86925 56
2000: 16,58625
1999: 16,599

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.3224
2016: 7.10
2015: 6.85
2014: 6.71
2013: 6.70
2012: 6.58
2011: 6.42
2010: 6.28
2009: 6.11
2008: 5.99
2007: 5.76
2006: 5.66
2005: 5.7525 6
2004: 5.7225
2003: 5.83
2002: 5.95
2001: 5.9225 56
2000: 5.8925
1999: 5.95
1993: 7.3560

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 20,61524
2016: 19,64725
2015: 18,910
2014: 18,383
2013: 18,241
2012: 17,910
2011: 17,320
2010: 16,962
2009: 16,307
2008: 15,931

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 12.8524
2016: 12.35
2015: 11.95
2014: 11.71
2013: 11.72
2012: 11.59
2011: 11.30
2010: 11.18
2009: 10.81
2008: 10.66

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 3,23924
2016: 3,29125
2015: 3,108
2014: 3,003
2013: 2,934
2012: 2,756
2011: 2,670
2010: 2,430
2009: 2,428
2008: 2,292

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.9624
2016: 2.01
2015: 1.90
2014: 1.85
2013: 1.83
2012: 1.73
2011: 1.69
2010: 1.55
2009: 1.56
2008: 1.48

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn the United States, annual handgun suicides total

2017: 6,22724
2016: 6,112
2015: 5,751
2014: 5,386
2013: 5,388
2012: 5,079
2011: 4,806
2010: 4,603
2009: 4,474
2008: 4,119
2007: 3,801
2006: 3,655
2005: 3,654
2004: 3,609
2003: 3,672
2002: 3,597
2001: 3,489
2000: 3,520
1999: 3,476

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.9124
2016: 1.89
2015: 1.79
2014: 1.69
2013: 1.70
2012: 1.62
2011: 1.54
2010: 1.49
2009: 1.46
2008: 1.35
2007: 1.26
2006: 1.22
2005: 1.24
2004: 1.23
2003: 1.27
2002: 1.25
2001: 1.22
2000: 1.25
1999: 1.25

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual male handgun suicides total

2017: 5,26124
2016: 5,16725
2015: 4,853
2014: 4,529
2013: 4,523
2012: 4,312
2011: 4,070
2010: 3,912
2009: 3,756
2008: 3,494

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.2824
2016: 3.25
2015: 3.07
2014: 2.89
2013: 2.91
2012: 2.79
2011: 2.66
2010: 2.58
2009: 2.49
2008: 2.34

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual female handgun suicides total

2017: 96624
2016: 94525
2015: 898
2014: 857
2013: 865
2012: 767
2011: 736
2010: 691
2009: 718
2008: 625

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.5824
2016: 0.58
2015: 0.55
2014: 0.53
2013: 0.54
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.44
2009: 0.46
2008: 0.40

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn the United States, the number of long gun suicides is

2017: 2,86424
2016: 2,89061
2015: 2,906
2014: 3,042
2013: 3,025
2012: 3,012
2011: 2,961
2010: 2,957
2009: 2,924
2008: 2,952
2007: 2,758
2006: 2,758
2005: 2,915
2004: 2,798
2003: 2,668
2002: 2,908
2001: 2,814
2000: 2,684
1999: 2,776

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.8824
2016: 0.89
2015: 0.90
2014: 0.95
2013: 0.96
2012: 0.96
2011: 0.95
2010: 0.96
2009: 0.95
2008: 0.97
2007: 0.92
2006: 0.92
2005: 0.99
2004: 0.96
2003: 0.92
2002: 1.01
2001: 0.99
2000: 0.95
1999: 0.99

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual male long gun suicides total

2017: 2,71524
2016: 2,71425
2015: 2,713
2014: 2,857
2013: 2,829
2012: 2,830
2011: 2,773
2010: 2,812
2009: 2,766
2008: 2,795

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.6924
2016: 1.71
2015: 1.71
2014: 1.82
2013: 1.82
2012: 1.83
2011: 1.81
2010: 1.85
2009: 1.83
2008: 1.87

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual female long gun suicides total

2017: 14924
2016: 17625
2015: 193
2014: 185
2013: 196
2012: 182
2011: 188
2010: 145
2009: 158
2008: 157

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0924
2016: 0.11
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.10

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn the United States, annual gun suicides (other) total

2017: 14,76324
2016: 13,93662
2015: 13,361
2014: 12,958
2013: 12,762
2012: 12,575
2011: 12,223
2010: 11,832
2009: 11,337
2008: 11,152
2007: 10,793
2006: 10,470
2005: 10,433
2004: 10,343
2003: 10,567
2002: 10,603
2001: 10,566
2000: 10,382
1999: 10,347

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.5324
2016: 4.31
2015: 4.16
2014: 4.06
2013: 4.04
2012: 4.01
2011: 3.92
2010: 3.83
2009: 3.70
2008: 3.67
2007: 3.58
2006: 3.51
2005: 3.53
2004: 3.53
2003: 3.64
2002: 3.69
2001: 3.71
2000: 3.69
1999: 3.71

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2017: 12,63924
2016: 11,76625
2015: 11,344
2014: 10,997
2013: 10,889
2012: 10,768
2011: 10,477
2010: 10,238
2009: 9,785
2008: 9,642

Rate of Male Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of male gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.8824
2016: 7.40
2015: 7.17
2014: 7.01
2013: 7
2012: 6.97
2011: 6.83
2010: 6.75
2009: 6.49
2008: 6.45

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn the United States, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2017: 2,12424
2016: 2,17025
2015: 2,017
2014: 1,961
2013: 1,873
2012: 1,807
2011: 1,746
2010: 1,594
2009: 1,552
2008: 1,510

Rate of Female Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of female gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.2824
2016: 1.32
2015: 1.24
2014: 1.21
2013: 1.17
2012: 1.13
2011: 1.10
2010: 1.02
2009: 1
2008: 0.98

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2017: 48624
2016: 495
2015: 489
2014: 461
2013: 505
2012: 548
2011: 59125 26
2010: 60625 63
2009: 55425
2008: 592
2007: 613
2006: 642
2005: 78925 59
2004: 64925
2003: 730
2002: 762
2001: 80225 56
2000: 77625
1999: 824

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1524
2016: 0.15
2015: 0.15
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.20
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.2725 6
2004: 0.2225
2003: 0.25
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.2825 56
2000: 0.2825
1999: 0.30
1993: 0.5964

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2017: 42324
2016: 42425
2015: 418
2014: 397
2013: 441
2012: 475
2011: 511
2010: 515
2009: 497
2008: 510

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.2624
2016: 0.27
2015: 0.26
2014: 0.25
2013: 0.28
2012: 0.31
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.34
2009: 0.33
2008: 0.34

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 6324
2016: 7125
2015: 71
2014: 64
2013: 64
2012: 73
2011: 80
2010: 91
2009: 57
2008: 82

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0424
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.05

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 9224
2016: 96
2015: 83
2014: 92
2013: 79
2012: 69
2011: 68
2010: 91
2009: 81
2008: 89
2007: 90
2006: 107
2005: 107
2004: 93
2003: 83
2002: 108
2001: 108
2000: 120
1999: 130

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0324
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.05

Unintentional Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 8124
2016: 8225
2015: 74
2014: 83
2013: 70
2012: 62
2011: 58
2010: 86
2009: 72
2008: 86

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0524
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.06

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 1124
2016: 1425
2015: 9
2014: 9
2013: 9
2012: 7
2011: 10
2010: 5
2009: 9
2008: 3

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0124
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.01
2012: 0
2011: 0.01
2010: 0
2009: 0.01
2008: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 5424
2016: 56
2015: 64
2014: 54
2013: 81
2012: 67
2011: 98
2010: 83
2009: 98
2008: 101
2007: 92
2006: 73
2005: 104
2004: 95
2003: 105
2002: 119
2001: 148
2000: 131
1999: 112

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0224
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.04

Unintentional Male Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 4924
2016: 4725
2015: 49
2014: 47
2013: 71
2012: 60
2011: 92
2010: 68
2009: 91
2008: 90

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0324
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 524
2016: 925
2015: 15
2014: 7
2013: 10
2012: 7
2011: 6
2010: 15
2009: 7
2008: 11

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 024
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.01
2009: 0
2008: 0.01

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 34024
2016: 34365
2015: 342
2014: 315
2013: 345
2012: 412
2011: 425
2010: 432
2009: 375
2008: 402
2007: 431
2006: 462
2005: 578
2004: 461
2003: 542
2002: 535
2001: 546
2000: 525
1999: 582

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1024
2016: 0.11
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.21

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 29324
2016: 29525
2015: 295
2014: 267
2013: 300
2012: 353
2011: 361
2010: 361
2009: 334
2008: 334

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1824
2016: 0.19
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.23
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.22
2008: 0.22

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn the United States, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 4724
2016: 4825
2015: 47
2014: 48
2013: 45
2012: 59
2011: 64
2010: 71
2009: 41
2008: 68

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0324
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 33824
2016: 30025
2015: 282
2014: 275
2013: 281
2012: 256
2011: 24825 26
2010: 25225
2009: 232
2008: 273
2007: 276
2006: 220
2005: 221
2004: 235
2003: 232
2002: 243
2001: 23125 56
2000: 23025
1999: 324

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1024
2016: 0.09
2015: 0.09
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.0825 57
2002: 0.0825
2001: 0.0825 56
2000: 0.0825
1999: 0.12
1993: 0.2266

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 27824
2016: 22225
2015: 210
2014: 217
2013: 221
2012: 203
2011: 199
2010: 203
2009: 191
2008: 220

Rate of Male Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1724
2016: 0.14
2015: 0.13
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.14
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.15

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 6024
2016: 7825
2015: 72
2014: 58
2013: 60
2012: 53
2011: 49
2010: 49
2009: 41
2008: 53

Rate of Female Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0424
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 4124
2016: 5267
2015: 31
2014: 39
2013: 33
2012: 32
2011: 33
2010: 37
2009: 29
2008: 32
2007: 39
2006: 26
2005: 27
2004: 31
2003: 47
2002: 33
2001: 36
2000: 40
1999: 70

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0124
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.03

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual male deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 3624
2016: 3825
2015: 22
2014: 31
2013: 27
2012: 25
2011: 26
2010: 29
2009: 23
2008: 24

Rate of Male Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause male handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0224
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual female deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 524
2016: 1425
2015: 9
2014: 8
2013: 6
2012: 7
2011: 7
2010: 8
2009: 6
2008: 8

Rate of Female Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause female handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 024
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.01
2009: 0
2008: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 2424
2016: 2168
2015: 25
2014: 23
2013: 31
2012: 23
2011: 25
2010: 23
2009: 24
2008: 31
2007: 24
2006: 23
2005: 31
2004: 21
2003: 26
2002: 27
2001: 21
2000: 24
1999: 33

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0124
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual male deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 1624
2016: 1925
2015: 20
2014: 19
2013: 25
2012: 20
2011: 23
2010: 21
2009: 21
2008: 27

Rate of Male Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause male long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0124
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual female deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 824
2016: 225
2015: 5
2014: 4
2013: 6
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 4

Rate of Female Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause female long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 024
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 27324
2016: 22769
2015: 226
2014: 213
2013: 217
2012: 201
2011: 190
2010: 192
2009: 179
2008: 210
2007: 213
2006: 171
2005: 163
2004: 183
2003: 159
2002: 183
2001: 174
2000: 166
1999: 221

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0824
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.08

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual male deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 22624
2016: 16525
2015: 168
2014: 167
2013: 169
2012: 158
2011: 150
2010: 153
2009: 147
2008: 169

Rate of Male Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause male gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1424
2016: 0.10
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.11

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the United States, annual female deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 4724
2016: 6225
2015: 58
2014: 46
2013: 48
2012: 43
2011: 40
2010: 39
2009: 32
2008: 41

Rate of Female Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of unknown-cause female gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0324
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.03

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2017: 55324
2016: 510
2015: 484
2014: 464
2013: 467
2012: 471
2011: 454
2010: 344
2009: 333
2008: 326
2007: 597
2006: 578
2005: 53570
2004: 587
2003: 616
2002: 574
2001: 599
2000: 473
1999: 500
1998: 563
1997: 646
1996: 617
1995: 657

Non-fatal Gun Injuries

ChartIn the United States, the annual number of non-fatal firearm injuries71 is

2013: 84,25872
2012: 81,396
2011: 73,88372 73
2010: 73,50572 74 73
2009: 66,76972 75 73
2008: 78,62272 73
2007: 69,863
2006: 71,417
2005: 69,825
2004: 64,389
2003: 65,834
2002: 58,841
2001: 63,012

Rate of Non-fatal Gun Injury per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of non-fatal firearm injury71 per 100,000 population is

2013: 26.6572
2012: 25.93
2011: 23.7172
2010: 23.8172 6
2009: 21.76
2008: 25.8572
2007: 23.19
2006: 23.93
2005: 23.63
2004: 21.99
2003: 22.69
2002: 20.46
2001: 22.11

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the United States, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence76 77 78 79 80

Number of Small Arms Manufactured

ChartThe reported annual number of small arms manufactured in the United States is

2015: 9,358,66181 82
2014: 9,050,62683
2013: 10,844,79284
2012: 8,578,610
2011: 6,541,886
2010: 5,459,24085 86
2009: 5,555,81887
2008: 4,498,944
2007: 3,922,613
2006: 3,653,324
2005: 3,241,494
2004: 3,099,025
2003: 3,308,404
2002: 3,366,895
2001: 2,932,655
2000: 3,793,541
1999: 4,047,747
1998: 3,713,590
1997: 3,593,504
1996: 3,854,439
1995: 4,316,342
1994: 5,173,217
1993: 5,055,637
1992: 4,175,836
1991: 3,563,106
1990: 3,959,968
1989: 4,418,393
1988: 3,963,877
1987: 3,559,663
1986: 3,040,934

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, the United States was ranked 'major'88 89

Home-made Guns

In the United States, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low90

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the United States, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law91 92

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from the United States is reported by manufacturers to be

2017: 431,82393
2016: 405,501
2015: 343,45694 95
2014: 420,93296 95
2013: 393,12197 95
2012: 287,554
2011: 296,888
2010: 241,97798 95
2009: 194,744
2008: 228,488
2007: 204,782
2006: 367,521
2005: 194,68298
2004: 139,920
2003: 141,912
2002: 150,756
2001: 172,611
2000: 172,627
1999: 220,318
1998: 203,344
1997: 275,081
1996: 331,997
1995: 424,221
1994: 404,473
1993: 431,204
1992: 403,791
1991: 401,165
1990: 361,625
1989: 261,282
1988: 257,182
1987: 288,045
1986: 217,448

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the United States is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 2,119,761,09099
2015: 2,072,795,626
2014: 2,296,279,158
2013: 2,080,887,092
2012: 1,861,966,24899 100 101
2011: 844,462,435102
2010: 821,000,000103
2001: 603,000,000100 104 105

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, the United States was categorized as 'major'106 107 108 109 105 110

Firearm Imports

In the United States, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law91 92 78 77 111 112

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to the United States is reported to be

2016: 5,137,771113 95
2015: 3,930,211114 95
2014: 3,625,268115 95
2013: 5,539,539
2012: 4,844,590
2011: 3,252,404116 95
2010: 2,839,947
2009: 3,607,10687 95
2008: 2,606,386
2007: 2,743,993
2006: 2,432,522
2005: 2,106,67587
2004: 1,910,859
2003: 1,466,502
2002: 1,629,237
2001: 1,366,896
2000: 1,096,782
1999: 891,799
1998: 999,810
1997: 939,415
1996: 881,578
1995: 1,103,404
1994: 1,880,902
1993: 3,043,321
1992: 2,846,710
1991: 720,657
1990: 843,809
1989: 1,007,781
1988: 1,276,268
1987: 1,063,513
1986: 701,000

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the United States is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 5,102,574,71699
2015: 4,128,518,744
2014: 4,496,815,238
2013: 5,185,692,436
2012: 3,843,168,77299 117 106 118 119
2011: 1,390,792,761102 108 120
2010: 1,340,000,000121
2001: 662,000,000117 122

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in the United States is moderate123

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the United States, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law124 92

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the United States include125 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, the United States scored

2018: 15.75126
2017: 14.25127
2016: 15.25128
2014: 15.75129
2013: 15.00130
2012: 15.00131
2011: 16.25132
2010: 16.25133
2009: 16.25134
2008: 16.50135
2007: 16.50136
2006: 16.75137
2005: 16.25138
2004: 16.50139

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in the United States is categorised as permissive140

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the United States includes the National Firearms Act of 1934,94 the Gun Control Act 1968141 as amended142 and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act 1993.143 This is Federal legislation only, each US state and territory enacts its own gun law

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the United States are regulated by the federal, state, and local authorities141

Right to Possess Firearms

In the United States, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,144 as limited by federal law.145 146 For similar local rights, see each state.

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the United States, civilians are not allowed to possess machine-guns, sawn-off shotguns and rifles, silencers, and armour-piercing ammunition without appropriate registration147 148 149

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the United States, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration148 149 41

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the United States, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence in almost all jurisdictions150

Regulation of Handguns

In the United States, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence in almost all jurisdictions148 79 41

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the United States, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law148 41

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the United States, non-prohibited persons of minimum age151 152 41 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the United States is regulated by state or local authorities according to weapon type, but is 18 years to purchase shotguns and rifles, or 21 years to purchase all other firearms, according to Federal law153 154 155

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in the United States stipulates156 157 152 that firearm possession should be denied or guns seized

Licensing Records

In the United States, authorities do not maintain a record158 of individual civilians permitted to acquire, possess, carry, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the United States, the law does not require159 158 111 160 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In the United States, licensed firearm dealers are required161 162 111 160 163 92 164 77 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In the United States, licensed gun makers are required161 111 160 92 164 77 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In the United States, State agencies are required165 166 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In the United States, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted167 76 152

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the United States, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful76 77 152

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in the United States is not obliged167 151 168 169 152 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in the United States is obliged170 171 172 173 174 175 77 152 79 80 176 41 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in the United States is reported to be

2016: 137,464177
2015: 139,840178
2014: 141,116179
2013: 139,244
2012: 130,956
2011: 123,587180
2010: 118,487
2009: 115,395
2008: 112,943
2007: 108,933
2006: 107,316
2005: 106,432
2004: 106,214
2003: 104,105
2002: 103,411
2001: 102,913
2000: 103,157
1999: 103,942
1998: 105,536
1997: 107,554
1996: 135,794
1995: 191,495
1994: 250,833
1993: 283,925
1992: 284,117
1991: 276,116
1990: 269,079
1989: 264,063
1988: 272,953
1987: 262,022
1986: 267,166
1985: 248,794
1984: 222,443
1983: 230,613
1982: 211,918
1981: 190,296
1980: 174,619
1979: 171,216
1978: 169,052
1977: 173,484
1976: 165,697
1975: 161,927

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the United States, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined170 80

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the United States, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated181 182 169 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the United States include183 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by non-disqualified individuals

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in the United States include166 184 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the United States include185 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In the United States, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law78 164 165 186

Firearm Tracing

In the United States, state authorities carry out164 165 187 188 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the United States, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are189 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the United States, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed with or without a permit depending on the jurisdiction, and prohibited in others141 41

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the United States, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed with or without a permit depending on the jurisdiction, and prohibited in others141 41

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

Although under US federal law, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer,190 191 many state laws are more restrictive

Gun Free Zones

In the United States, private guns are prohibited in federal facilities,192 schools193 and National Parks (unless otherwise specifically permitted)194

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the United States, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm195 is 10 years in prison196

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in the United States are known to have197 112 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

In the United States, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2008: 10,000198

Small Arms Destroyed

In the United States, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be more than 1,000,000199 (military only, 1993-2015)200 197

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the United States, it is state policy201 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the United States adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed, but not yet ratified202 203 by the United States

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists204 the United States as an elected member

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was not signed205 by the United States.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified206 by the United States

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed207 by the United States

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, the United States committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects208

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored the United States against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 28209 210 211 212 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, the United States have submitted one or more national reports213 214 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In the United States, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated215 214

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the United States, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated214

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the United States submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent214

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated214 by the United States to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, the United States has declared216 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the United States have been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945217

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists218 the United States as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in the United States, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where the United States ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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