Newly available data for 2013 reveals that states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation, according to a Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Meanwhile, states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. However, even in these states the human toll of gun violence is far above the gun death rate in other industrialized nations.
The VPC analysis refers to overall gun death rates in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. A table of the states with the five highest gun death rates and the five lowest gun death rates is below. For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states, see http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart15.htm.
States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates
States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates
|Household Gun Ownership||Gun Death Rate per 100,000||Rank||State||Household Gun Ownership||Gun Death Rate per 100,000|
|1||Alaska||60.6 percent||19.59||50||Hawaii||9.7 percent||2.71|
|2||Louisiana||45.6 percent||19.15||49||Massachusetts||12.8 percent||3.18|
|3||Alabama||57.2 percent||17.79||48||New York||18.1 percent||4.39|
|4||Mississippi||54.3 percent||17.55||47||Connecticut||16.2 percent||4.48|
|5||Wyoming||62.8 percent||17.51||46||Rhode Island||13.3 percent||5.33|