Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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20. Ohio
> Annual firearm death rate: 13.5 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,578 (suicides: 980, homicides: 565)
> Background checks in 2020: 976,751 (8,356 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +53.0% (22nd highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 293 per 100,000 people (18th lowest)

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19. Indiana
> Annual firearm death rate: 14.1 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 952 (suicides: 570, homicides: 355)
> Background checks in 2020: 1,935,587 (28,751 per 100,000 people — 4th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +33.4% (10th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 371 per 100,000 people (24th highest)

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18. Colorado
> Annual firearm death rate: 14.4 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 832 (suicides: 647, homicides: 164)
> Background checks in 2020: 680,507 (11,817 per 100,000 people — 19th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +44.9% (18th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 381 per 100,000 people (21st highest)

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17. Kentucky
> Annual firearm death rate: 14.9 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 667 (suicides: 445, homicides: 201)
> Background checks in 2020: 3,330,462 (74,546 per 100,000 people — the highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: -19.2% (the lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 217 per 100,000 people (7th lowest)

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16. Arizona
> Annual firearm death rate: 15.6 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,136 (suicides: 809, homicides: 285)
> Background checks in 2020: 665,458 (9,143 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +78.4% (5th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 455 per 100,000 people (10th highest)