A 2015 comparison of guns deaths per capita in U.S. states versus the number of eight gun laws in those states

The following chart pulls together eight firearm control laws in our 50 states and Washington, D.C. along with the 2015 U.S. population numbers and firearm-related deaths.

A. Straight Math on the Top and Bottom Statistics on Firearm-related Deaths

– Top and Bottom of 5 States:

  • The 5 states having the least number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 10.19% of the U.S. population, had on average 6 of the 8 laws in the chart below.
  • The 5 states having the highest number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 4.46% of the U.S. population, had on average of 0.8 (less than 1) of the chart laws below.

– Top and Bottom 10 states

  • The 10 states having the least number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 28.46% of the U.S. population, had on average 5.1 of the 8laws of the chart below.
  • The 10 states having the highest number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 9.33% of the U.S. population, had on average 0.5 (half of 1) of the chart’s 8 laws.

– Top and Bottom 25 States:

  • The 25 states having the least number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 62.75% of the U.S. population, had on average of 3.04 of the chart’s 8 laws.
  • The 25 states having the highest number of per capita firearms-related deaths, containing 37.25% of the U.S. population, had on average of 0.72 (less than 1) of the chart’s 8 laws.

Washington, D.C., is not calculated in the state statistics above as it is not a state. However, its statistics are reported on a stand-alone basis.

B. Chart of the Eight 21st Century Current Firearm Control Laws in 50 States and Washington, D.C.

Y = Yes, the state does have a law for that column.

 

Sources for A through K:

A. Assault-Weapon Ban – “Supreme Court rules on states’ assault weapons ban,” CBSNews.com, June 20, 2016 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

B. Large-Capacity Magazine Ban – “Large Capacity Magazines.” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/17/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

C. Armor-Piercing Ammunition Ban – “Ammunition Regulation,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/17/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

D. Ban on Silencers / Suppressors – “EDUCATION,” AmericanSilencerAssociation.com, accessed 10/17/2017; and “Assault Weapons in the District of Columbia,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/19/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

E. Firearm Registration Requirements – “Registration,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/17/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

F. Waiting Periods – “Waiting Periods,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/17/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

G. Extended Background Checks – “Gun policies by state,” WashingtonPost.com, Dec. 9, 2015; and “Universal Background Checks,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/19/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

H. Dealers Must be Licensed – “Gun Dealers,” LawCenter.Giffords.org, accessed 10/17/2017 – as of Oct. 19, 2017

I. “Population Estimate (as of July 1), [2015],” American FactFinder page, FactFinder.Census.gov, accessed 10/23/2017

J. “Firearm Mortality by State: 2015” Source: http://wonder.cdc.gov; Page last updated: December 22, 2016; Content source: CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.gov, accessed 10/22/2017

K.Based on straight math – Column I divided by Column J, then ranked on a per capita basis.

* D.C. firearm-related deaths for the year 2015 based on Wonder.CDC.gov and Kaiser Family Foundation (“Number of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100,000 Population: 2015” KFF.org) data. The data show the 2015 death rate at 15.3 per 100,000. Based on a population of 672,228 shown in Column I.  for Washington D.C. for 2015, using the 15.3 rate per 100K in the Kaiser chart for a population of 672,228, results in 103 Firearms Deaths in Washington DC for 2015.

Y* equals restriction but not a complete ban

** “Age-Adjusted Death Rates,” The number of deaths per 100,000 total population from Number of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100,000 Population. Rates for the U.S. include the District of Columbia and (for births) U.S. territories. Refer to notes in publication tables for more detail. Firearm Mortality by State: 2015” CDC.gov, accessed 10/22/2017