Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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50. Massachusetts
> Annual firearm death rate: 3.4 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 237 (suicides: 142, homicides: 95)
> Background checks in 2020: 262,583 (3,810 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +23.7% (2nd lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 328 per 100,000 people (24th lowest)

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49. Hawaii
> Annual firearm death rate: 3.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 55 (suicides: 41, homicides: 14)
> Background checks in 2020: 20,102 (1,420 per 100,000 people — the lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +58.7% (15th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 285 per 100,000 people (17th lowest)

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48. New York
> Annual firearm death rate: 4.1 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 794 (suicides: 455, homicides: 326)
> Background checks in 2020: 507,940 (2,611 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +42.9% (16th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 359 per 100,000 people (25th highest)

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47. New Jersey
> Annual firearm death rate: 4.1 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 366 (suicides: 173, homicides: 193)
> Background checks in 2020: 177,901 (2,003 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +94.9% (4th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 207 per 100,000 people (5th lowest)

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46. Rhode Island
> Annual firearm death rate: 4.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 45 (suicides: 33, homicides: 12)
> Background checks in 2020: 51,369 (4,849 per 100,000 people — 6th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +111.1% (2nd highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 221 per 100,000 people (9th lowest)