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Highest Firearm Fatality Rate Ranked by State, Sheds Light on Firearm Ownership and Political Parties

Nearly 40% of Americans own a firearm, and the U.S. has a massive firearm fatality rate of 16 per 100,000 residents. These are the states with the most to least firearm fatalities per capita and where they stand on the political spectrum.

Gathering the Data

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Wisevoter collected data on firearm fatality rates in the U.S. They compared the rates to firearm ownership percentages and whether a state is red or blue in its political makeup. They list the worst offenders first.

1: Mississippi

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Mississippi has the highest firearm fatality rate in the country, at 28.6 fatalities per 100,000 people. The Republican state has a 54.1% firearm ownership rate.

2: Louisiana

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The Pelican State is the second-worst firearm fatality rate offender in the U.S., with 26.3 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Republican state’s 52.3% firearm ownership rate mirrors its slight drop in fatalities from Mississippi.

3: Wyoming

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Wyoming has 26.3 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. The Republican state has the highest firearm ownership rate of the top three states, at 60.7%.

4: Missouri

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Missouri has a firearm fatality rate of 23.9 per 100,000 residents. The Show Me State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 52.8%.

5: Alabama

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The Cotton State has 23.6 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Like Missouri, firearm ownership sits at 52.8% in the Republican state.

6: Alaska

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Alaska has a firearm fatality rate of 23.5 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Last Frontier is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 57.2%.

7: New Mexico

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The Land of Enchantment has 22.7 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. New Mexico’s firearm ownership sits at 35.9% in the Democrat state.

8: Arkansas

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Arkansas has a firearm fatality rate of 22.6 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Natural State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 51.8%.

9: South Carolina

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The Palmetto State has 22 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. South Carolina’s firearm ownership sits at 45.5% in the Republican state.

10: Tennessee

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Tennessee has a firearm fatality rate of 21.3 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Volunteer State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 46.9%.

11: Montana

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The Treasure State has 20.9 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Montana’s firearm ownership sits at 65.7% in the Republican state. That’s the highest firearm ownership rate in the nation.

12: Oklahoma

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Oklahoma has a firearm fatality rate of 20.7 per 100,000 residents. The Sooner State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 54.9%.

13: Kentucky

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The Bluegrass State has 20.1 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Kentucky’s firearm ownership sits at 52.5% in the Republican state.

14: West Virginia

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West Virginia has a firearm fatality rate of 18.1 per 100,000 residents. The Mountain State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 60.6%.

15: Georgia

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The Peach State has 17.7 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Georgia’s firearm ownership sits at 37.7% in the swing state.

16: Idaho

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Idaho has a firearm fatality rate of 17.6 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Gem State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 57.8%.

17: Indiana

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The Hoosier State has 17.3 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Indiana’s firearm ownership sits at 42.4% in the Republican state.

18: Nevada

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Nevada has a firearm fatality rate of 17.0 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Silver State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 32.9%.

19: Kansas

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The Sunflower State has 16.9 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Kansas’ firearm ownership sits at 42.3% in the Republican state.

20: Arizona

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Arizona has a firearm fatality rate of 16.7 per 100,000 residents. The Grand Canyon State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 36.4%.

21: North Carolina

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The Tar Heel State has 16.0 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. North Carolina’s firearm ownership sits at 37.1% in the swing state.

22: Colorado

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Colorado has a firearm fatality rate of 15.4 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Centennial State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 37.9%.

23: Ohio

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The Buckeye State has 15.2 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Ohio’s firearm ownership sits at 41.9% in the swing state.

24: Michigan

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Michigan has a firearm fatality rate of 14.6 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Wolverine State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 38.9%.

25: Delaware

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The First State has 14.4 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Delaware’s firearm ownership sits at 38.7% in the Democrat state.

26: Texas

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Texas has a firearm fatality rate of 14.2 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Lone Star State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 35.5%.

27: Illinois

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The Prairie State has 14.1 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Illinois’ firearm ownership sits at 22.6% in the Democrat state.

28: North Dakota

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North Dakota has a firearm fatality rate of 13.8 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Flickertail State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 53.3%.

29: Florida

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The Sunshine State has 13.7 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Florida’s firearm ownership sits at 28.8% in the swing state.

30: Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania has a firearm fatality rate of 13.6 per 100,000 residents, the first of three states with this number. The Keystone State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 40.2%.

31: South Dakota

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The Mount Rushmore State also has 13.6 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. South Dakota’s firearm ownership sits at 55.6% in the Republican state.

32: Utah

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Utah is the third state with a firearm fatality rate of 13.6 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Beehive State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 39.7%.

33: Maryland

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The Free State has 13.5 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Maryland’s firearm ownership sits at 16.7% in the Democrat state.

34: Virginia

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Virginia has a firearm fatality rate of 13.4 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Old Dominion is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 35.3%.

35: Oregon

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The Beaver State has 13.0 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Oregon’s firearm ownership sits at 41.4% in the Democrat state.

36: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has a firearm fatality rate of 12.2 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Badger State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 47.1%.

37: Vermont

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The Green Mountain State has 11.6 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Vermont’s firearm ownership sits at 50.3% in the Democrat state.

38: Iowa

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Iowa has a firearm fatality rate of 11.2 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Hawkeye State is primarily Republican and has a firearm ownership rate of 38.5%.

39: Washington

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The Evergreen State has 10.9 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Washington’s firearm ownership sits at 32.1% in the Democrat state.

40: Maine

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Maine has a firearm fatality rate of 10.4 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Pine Tree State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 47.7%.

41: Nebraska

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The Cornhusker State has 10.1 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Nebraska’s firearm ownership sits at 39.2% in the Republican state.

42: Minnesota

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Minnesota has a firearm fatality rate of 8.9 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The North Star State is a swing state and has a firearm ownership rate of 39.1%.

43: New Hampshire

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Like Minnesota, The Granite State has 8.9 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. New Hampshire’s firearm ownership sits at 46.3% in the Democrat state.

44: California

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California has a firearm fatality rate of 8.5 per 100,000 residents. The Golden State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 16.3%.

45: Connecticut

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The Nutmeg State has 6.0 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Connecticut’s firearm ownership sits at 18.8% in the Democrat state.

46: New York

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New York has a firearm fatality rate of 5.3 per 100,000 residents. The Empire State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 18.8%.

47: Rhode Island

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The Ocean State has 5.1 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Rhode Island’s firearm ownership sits at 13.9% in the Democrat state.

48: New Jersey

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New Jersey has a firearm fatality rate of 5.0 per 100,000 residents. The Garden State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 8.9%.

49: Massachusetts

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The Bay State has 3.7 firearm fatalities per 100,000 people. Massachusetts’ firearm ownership sits at 9.9% in the Democrat state.

50: Hawaii

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Hawaii has the lowest firearm fatality rate in the nation, at 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 residents. The Aloha State is primarily Democrat and has a firearm ownership rate of 9.1%, which is also the lowest in the U.S.

Big Numbers

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Texas has the most firearm fatalities when not accounting for per capita, at 4,164 cases. California and Florida come in second and third place, with 3,449 fatalities and 3,041 fatalities, respectively.

Small Numbers

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