Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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40. Vermont
> Annual firearm death rate: 9.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 59 (suicides: 59, homicides: 00)
> Background checks in 2020: 57,965 (9,289 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +61.7% (12th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 202 per 100,000 people (4th lowest)

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39. Nebraska
> Annual firearm death rate: 10.0 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 194 (suicides: 154, homicides: 40)
> Background checks in 2020: 104,511 (5,403 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +53.2% (21st highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 301 per 100,000 people (21st lowest)

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38. Wisconsin
> Annual firearm death rate: 10.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 595 (suicides: 427, homicides: 153)
> Background checks in 2020: 731,618 (12,566 per 100,000 people — 15th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +67.9% (7th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 293 per 100,000 people (19th lowest)

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37. Illinois
> Annual firearm death rate: 10.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,362 (suicides: 540, homicides: 791)
> Background checks in 2020: 7,455,065 (58,832 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +50.6% (25th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 407 per 100,000 people (18th highest)

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36. Washington
> Annual firearm death rate: 10.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 830 (suicides: 637, homicides: 165)
> Background checks in 2020: 781,471 (10,262 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +28.7% (5th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 294 per 100,000 people (20th lowest)