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Mass shootings in the U.S.: legality of shooter's weapons, as of July 2022

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and July 2022, by legality of shooter's weapons

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Release date

July 2022

Region

United States

Survey time period

1982 to July 4, 2022

Supplementary notes

*The source reports 132 incidents. Not included in this statistic is the legality of the weapons in the ESL shooting in Sunnyvale, California on February 16, 1988. In this case, the shooter had passed federal criminal background checks. However, the US Air Force failed to provide information on his criminal history to the FBI

Since 2013, the source defines a mass shooting as any single attack in a public place with three or more fatalities, in line with the definition by the FBI. Before 2013, a mass shooting was defined as any single attack in a public place with four or more fatalities.

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