Gun-related deaths from preventable, intentional and undetermined causes totaled 39,773 in 2017, a 2.9% increase from 38,658 deaths in 2016. Suicides account for 60% 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.
Since 2014 gun related assault deaths have increased 32%, but the most recent data shows that the upward trend may be slowing with less than a 1% increase from 2016 to 2017. Suicide deaths involving guns increased 4.0%, marking the 11th consecutive yearly increase.
Preventable or accidental gun-related deaths decreased for the first time in three years. From 1999 to 2017, preventable gun-related deaths have decreased 41%, from 824 to 486 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 1999-2017 on CDC WONDER Online Database. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2017, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.