Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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25. Oregon
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 556 (suicides: 466, homicides: 78)
> Background checks in 2020: 516,096 (12,236 per 100,000 people — 17th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +44.3% (17th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 284 per 100,000 people (15th lowest)

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24. North Carolina
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.3 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,397 (suicides: 781, homicides: 541)
> Background checks in 2020: 890,284 (8,489 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +67.9% (8th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 372 per 100,000 people (23rd highest)

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23. Florida
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.4 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 2,872 (suicides: 1,808, homicides: 1,013)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,912,204 (8,903 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +59.9% (14th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 378 per 100,000 people (22nd highest)

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22. Kansas
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.4 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 390 (suicides: 291, homicides: 99)
> Background checks in 2020: 249,589 (8,567 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +49.4% (25th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 411 per 100,000 people (17th highest)

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21. Idaho
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 241 (suicides: 223, homicides: 18)
> Background checks in 2020: 281,284 (15,740 per 100,000 people — 9th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +34.4% (11th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 224 per 100,000 people (10th lowest)