Gun-related deaths from preventable, intentional, and undetermined causes totaled 45,222 in 2020, an increase of 13.9% from 39,707 deaths in 2019. Suicides account for 54% of deaths related to firearms, while 43% 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 2011, gun-related assault deaths have increased 75%. The 34.5% increase in 2020 ended a four year period from 2016 through 2019 that showed little change. Suicide deaths involving guns have increased 21% since 2011. In 2020, suicide deaths increased 1.5% following a 2.0% decrease in 2019.

Preventable or accidental gun-related deaths increased 10% in 2020. However, from 2011 to 2020, preventable gun-related deaths have decreased 9%, from 591 to 535 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 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.

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