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

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

Weapons used in mass shootings in the U.S., as of February 2019 The statistic shows the weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 15, 2019. These calculations are based on 110 mass shooting incidents reported by the source*. A total of 51 rifles have been used in 43 mass shootings between 1982 and February 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 Colorado Springs shooting rampage.
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Weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 2019

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Number of weapons usedNumber of incidents
Handguns13992
Rifles5143
Shotguns3026
Number of weapons usedNumber of incidents
Handguns13992
Rifles5143
Shotguns3026
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The statistic shows the weapon types used in mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 15, 2019. These calculations are based on 110 mass shooting incidents reported by the source*. A total of 51 rifles have been used in 43 mass shootings between 1982 and February 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 Colorado Springs shooting rampage.
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