Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

10. Tennessee
> Annual firearm death rate: 18.6 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,270 (suicides: 746, homicides: 474)
> Background checks in 2020: 984,760 (14,420 per 100,000 people — 11th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +55.0% (19th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 595 per 100,000 people (3rd highest)

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9. Arkansas
> Annual firearm death rate: 18.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 563 (suicides: 341, homicides: 208)
> Background checks in 2020: 324,741 (10,761 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +46.7% (19th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 585 per 100,000 people (4th highest)

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8. South Carolina
> Annual firearm death rate: 19.4 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,001 (suicides: 532, homicides: 453)
> Background checks in 2020: 530,930 (10,312 per 100,000 people — 25th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +61.8% (11th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 511 per 100,000 people (6th highest)

7. Missouri
> Annual firearm death rate: 20.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,239 (suicides: 681, homicides: 537)
> Background checks in 2020: 708,184 (11,539 per 100,000 people — 20th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +42.2% (15th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 495 per 100,000 people (8th highest)

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6. Louisiana
> Annual firearm death rate: 21.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 999 (suicides: 446, homicides: 542)
> Background checks in 2020: 430,537 (9,261 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +52.5% (23rd highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 549 per 100,000 people (5th highest)