Gun-related deaths from preventable, intentional, and undetermined causes totaled 39,740 in 2018, nearly flat from 39,773 deaths in 2017. Suicides account for 61% of deaths related to firearms, while 35% were homicides, and about 1% were preventable/accidental. Please note that the term gun is used on this page to refer to firearms that can be carried by a person, not to the larger class of weapon.
Since 2014, gun-related assault deaths have increased 27%, but the most recent data show that the upward trend may be over, with less than a 1% increase in 2017 and a 4% decrease in 2018. Suicide deaths involving guns increased 2.4%, marking the 12th consecutive yearly increase.
Preventable or accidental gun-related deaths decreased for the second consecutive year. From 1999 to 2018, preventable gun-related deaths have decreased 44%, from 824 to 458 deaths. Visit the data details tab to explore some of these trends in depth.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2018 on CDC WONDER Online Database, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.