Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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35. New Hampshire
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 152 (suicides: 132, homicides: 20)
> Background checks in 2020: 174,662 (12,846 per 100,000 people — 14th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +55.7% (18th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 153 per 100,000 people (2nd lowest)

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34. North Dakota
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 89 (suicides: 79, homicides: 10)
> Background checks in 2020: 85,465 (11,215 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +41.5% (14th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 285 per 100,000 people (16th lowest)

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33. Maine
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 157 (suicides: 144, homicides: 13)
> Background checks in 2020: 137,149 (10,203 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +51.3% (24th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 115 per 100,000 people (the lowest)

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32. Utah
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 380 (suicides: 329, homicides: 51)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,216,773 (37,953 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +47.8% (21st lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 236 per 100,000 people (11th lowest)

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31. Virginia
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,014 (suicides: 661, homicides: 342)
> Background checks in 2020: 823,513 (9,648 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +60.6% (13th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 208 per 100,000 people (6th lowest)