Weapons used in mass shootings in the U.S., as of August 2019

Weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and August 2019

by Statista Research Department, last edited Aug 5, 2019
Weapons used in mass shootings in the U.S., as of August 2019 This statistic shows the weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and August 4, 2019. These calculations are based on 114 mass shooting incidents reported by the source*. A total of 53 rifles have been used in 45 mass shootings between 1982 and August 2019.
While handguns are the most commonly used weapon type in mass shootings, assault rifles gained attention in public discussion over the suitability or necessity of semi-automatic rifles for the purpose of self-defense. Semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 have been used in a number of mass-shootings including the Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the El Paso, Texas Walmart mass shooting.
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Weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and August 2019

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