Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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45. Connecticut
> Annual firearm death rate: 5.1 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 183 (suicides: 118, homicides: 65)
> Background checks in 2020: 219,227 (6,149 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +26.8% (3rd lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 184 per 100,000 people (3rd lowest)

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44. California
> Annual firearm death rate: 7.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 2,945 (suicides: 1,586, homicides: 1,246)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,601,054 (4,052 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +29.1% (7th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 441 per 100,000 people (12th highest)

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43. Minnesota
> Annual firearm death rate: 8.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 463 (suicides: 350, homicides: 102)
> Background checks in 2020: 958,391 (16,994 per 100,000 people — 6th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +40.5% (13th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 236 per 100,000 people (12th lowest)

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42. Iowa
> Annual firearm death rate: 8.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 282 (suicides: 233, homicides: 49)
> Background checks in 2020: 270,614 (8,577 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +48.0% (22nd lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 267 per 100,000 people (13th lowest)

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41. Delaware
> Annual firearm death rate: 9.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 90 (suicides: 45, homicides: 45)
> Background checks in 2020: 77,057 (7,913 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +66.0% (10th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 423 per 100,000 people (15th highest)