Homicides by firearm in the U.S. 2006-2018

In 2018, 72.68 percent of homicides were committed by firearm in the United States. While this figure has remained relatively steady since 2006, it has been increasing since 2016.

Firearms in the United States

Firearms in the United States have become a large part of American culture. The Second Amendment of the Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment has been cited as a reason why gun control laws should not become stricter. However, many Americans are in favor of stricter gun control laws due to the increase of shootings in the country. Handguns were the most frequently used weapon used on murder victims in 2018, and overall, the United States was the country with the highest rate of civilian-owned firearms.

Who owns firearms?

Firearms are more popular in certain parts of the United States than others. Texas was the state with the highest number of registered weapons in 2019, with Florida, California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania rounding out the top five. Firearm laws vary from state to state, which means it is easier to obtain a firearm in some states than in others. Gun owners in the United States are typically white, and men are more likely to personally own a gun than women.

Percentage of homicides by firearm in the United States from 2006 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2014 has been derived from respective previous publication.

Percentages have been calculated by Statista.

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