States With the Most Gun Violence

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10. South Carolina
> Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.7 per 100,000
> Total firearm deaths 2016: 891 (suicides: 525, homicides: 335)
> Violent crime rate: 501.8 per 100,000 (10th highest)
> Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
> Poverty rate: 15.3% (14th highest)

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9. Arkansas
> Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.7 per 100,000
> Total firearm deaths 2016: 541 (suicides: 331, homicides: 182)
> Violent crime rate: 550.9 per 100,000 (6th highest)
> Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
> Poverty rate: 17.2% (6th highest)

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8. New Mexico
> Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 18.2 per 100,000
> Total firearm deaths 2016: 383 (suicides: 243, homicides: 113)
> Violent crime rate: 702.5 per 100,000 (2nd highest)
> Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
> Poverty rate: 19.8% (3rd highest)

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7. Missouri
> Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 18.8 per 100,000
> Total firearm deaths 2016: 1144 (suicides: 650, homicides: 464)
> Violent crime rate: 519.4 per 100,000 (8th highest)
> Permit required to carry handgun: No
> Poverty rate: 14.0% (22nd highest)

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6. Montana
> Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 19.0 per 100,000
> Total firearm deaths 2016: 194 (suicides: 162, homicides: N/A)
> Violent crime rate: 368.3 per 100,000 (25th lowest)
> Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (A permit to carry concealed is not needed outside limits of cities or towns.)
> Poverty rate: 13.3% (24th highest)