Special Report

States With the Most Gun Violence

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15. Nevada
> Annual firearm death rate: 15.7 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 483 (suicides: 354, homicides: 118)
> Background checks in 2020: 219,349 (7,121 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +70.9% (6th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 494 per 100,000 people (9th highest)

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14. West Virginia
> Annual firearm death rate: 16.0 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 286 (suicides: 196, homicides: 76)
> Background checks in 2020: 265,705 (14,826 per 100,000 people — 10th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +28.9% (6th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 317 per 100,000 people (23rd lowest)

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13. Georgia
> Annual firearm death rate: 16.0 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 1,695 (suicides: 955, homicides: 691)
> Background checks in 2020: 904,035 (8,515 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +67.7% (9th highest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 341 per 100,000 people (25th lowest)

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12. Oklahoma
> Annual firearm death rate: 18.2 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 719 (suicides: 473, homicides: 246)
> Background checks in 2020: 470,286 (11,885 per 100,000 people — 18th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +30.6% (8th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 432 per 100,000 people (14th highest)

11. Montana
> Annual firearm death rate: 18.3 per 100,000 people
> Total annual firearm: 196 (suicides: 172, homicides: 24)
> Background checks in 2020: 172,695 (16,158 per 100,000 people — 7th highest)
> 1-yr. change in background checks: +49.1% (24th lowest)
> Annual violent crime rate: 405 per 100,000 people (19th highest)