Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2018, by legality of shooter's weapons

Mass shootings in the U.S.: legality of shooter's weapons, as of November 2018 The statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 7, 2018, by legality of the weapons used by the shooter(s). Between 1982 and November 2018, legally obtained weapons were used in 74 out of 105* mass shootings.
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Number of incidents
Legally obtained74
Illegally obtained15
Unknown/to be determined15
Some weapons were legally obtained others possibly illegally1
Number of incidents
Legally obtained74
Illegally obtained15
Unknown/to be determined15
Some weapons were legally obtained others possibly illegally1
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The statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 7, 2018, by legality of the weapons used by the shooter(s). Between 1982 and November 2018, legally obtained weapons were used in 74 out of 105* mass shootings.
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November 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1982 to November 7, 2018
Supplementary notes
*The source reports 106 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

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