Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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30. Pennsylvania
> Annual firearm death rate: 11.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,528 (suicides: 964, homicides: 548)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,452,921 (11,349 per 100,000 people — 21st highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +47.1% (20th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 306 per 100,000 people (22nd lowest)

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29. Michigan
> Annual firearm death rate: 12.0 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,200 (suicides: 742, homicides: 458)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,068,511 (10,699 per 100,000 people — 24th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +117.1% (the highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 437 per 100,000 people (13th highest)

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28. South Dakota
> Annual firearm death rate: 12.3 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 109 (suicides: 98, homicides: 11)
> Background checks in 2020: 115,448 (13,050 per 100,000 people — 13th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +35.1% (12th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 399 per 100,000 people (20th highest)

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27. Maryland
> Annual firearm death rate: 12.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 753 (suicides: 268, homicides: 468)
> Background checks in 2020: 302,563 (5,005 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +103.3% (3rd highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 454 per 100,000 people (11th highest)

26. Texas
> Annual firearm death rate: 12.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 3,683 (suicides: 2,237, homicides: 1,299)
> Background checks in 2020: 2,325,281 (8,019 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +56.4% (17th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 419 per 100,000 people (16th highest)