Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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5. New Mexico
> Annual firearm death rate: 21.8 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 457 (suicides: 284, homicides: 158)
> Background checks in 2020: 206,252 (9,836 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +31.5% (9th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 832 per 100,000 people (2nd highest)

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4. Alabama
> Annual firearm death rate: 21.8 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,071 (suicides: 543, homicides: 486)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,085,475 (22,138 per 100,000 people — 5th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +57.3% (16th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 511 per 100,000 people (7th highest)

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3. Wyoming
> Annual firearm death rate: 22.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 130 (suicides: 114, homicides: 16)
> Background checks in 2020: 91,384 (15,790 per 100,000 people — 8th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +49.1% (23rd lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 217 per 100,000 people (8th lowest)

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2. Alaska
> Annual firearm death rate: 23.0 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 168 (suicides: 117, homicides: 51)
> Background checks in 2020: 98,952 (13,526 per 100,000 people — 12th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +28.6% (4th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 867 per 100,000 people (the highest)

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1. Mississippi
> Annual firearm death rate: 23.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 705 (suicides: 308, homicides: 366)
> Background checks in 2020: 366,829 (12,326 per 100,000 people — 16th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +53.9% (20th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 278 per 100,000 people (14th lowest)