Gun-related deaths from preventable, intentional and undetermined causes totaled 38,658 in 2016, nearly a 7% increase from 36,252 deaths in 2015. Suicides account for 59% of deaths related to firearms, while 37% 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.
Assault deaths related to guns increased 11% from 2015 to 2016, marking the second consecutive yearly increase. Suicide deaths involving guns increased 4%, marking the 10th consecutive yearly increase.
Preventable gun-related deaths also increased for the second consecutive year, although the overall trend since 1999 shows improvement. From 1999 to 2016, preventable gun-related deaths have decreased 40%, from 824 to 495 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 1999-2016 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December 2017. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2016, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd-icd10.html