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Murder in the US - number of victims by weapon 2019

Which weapon is predominantly used in murder cases?

In the United States, handguns are predominantly used in murder cases, with 6,368 cases in 2019 alone. This is followed by firearms (type not stated) and knives or cutting instruments with 3,281 and 1,476 cases respectively in 2019.

Murder in the U.S.

The majority of murders in the U.S. are committed under unknown circumstances, and murders due to arguments come in as the second most common circumstance. Despite these gruesome facts, the violent crime rate has fallen significantly since 1990, and the United States is much safer than it was in the 1980s and 1990s.

Leading cause of death

The death rate in the U.S. has hovered around the same level since 1990. Heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries were the three leading causes of death in the country in 2017. The rate of death by heart disease is significantly higher than the homicide rate in the United States.

Number of murder victims in the United States in 2019, by weapon

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

*Pushed is included in personal weapons.

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