Number of assaults by weapon U.S. 2018

In 2018, there were 185,437 aggravated assaults where firearms were used. In comparison, there were 123,253 aggravated assaults where knives or other cutting instruments were used.

What are firearms?

Firearms are portable weapons used to shoot bullets. There are several different types of firearms, which include rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and pistols. Gun laws in the United States vary from state to state, where some states have stricter laws than others. Each state has their own constitution, which allows them to have their own interpretation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Gun culture in the United States is a large part of certain regions, where they share similar attitudes and beliefs about firearms and their right to own them.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is an intended action to cause serious bodily harm to someone else. California saw the highest number of aggravated assaults in 2018, with Texas, Florida, New York, and Tennessee rounding out the top five. In contrast, the reported violent crime rate has decreased significantly since 1990, meaning that the U.S. is safer now than it was thirty years ago.

Number of aggravated assaults in the United States in 2018, by weapon used

Weapon usedNumber of assaults
Other weapon223,997
Firearm185,437
Personal weapons179,008
Knife or cutting instrument123,253
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Personal weapons refer to hands, fists, feet, etc.

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