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US Gun Deaths, 1999-2014
Suicides, Homicides, Unintentional Deaths, Legal Intervention Deaths, Deaths from Undetermined Consequences


There were 497,632 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2014: 291,571 suicides (58.6% of total gun deaths); 185,718 homicides (37.3%); 10,569 unintentional gun deaths (2.1%); 5,750 firearm deaths from legal intervention (1.2%); and 4,024 firearm deaths with undetermined intent (0.8%). Guns were the leading cause of death by homicide (66.9% of all homicides) and by suicide (52.0% of all suicides). Firearms were the 12th leading cause of all deaths, representing 1.2% of total deaths, and the 14th leading cause of unintentional deaths between 1999 and 2014. Data are from the CDC's WISQARS database, available at wisqars.cdc.gov.

 I. All Firearm Deaths

2014 had the most firearm suicides (21,334). 2006 had the most firearm homicides (12,791). 1999 had the most unintentional firearm deaths (824). 2012 had the most firearm deaths from legal intervention (471). And 1999 had the most firearm deaths with undetermined intent (324). Those apex numbers appear bolded in the graph below. Overall, firearm deaths were up 16.4% from 1999 to 2014.
 
Unintentional Firearm Deaths, Homicides, & Suicides as Percentages of Total Firearm Deaths
Firearm Deaths, All Ages: 1999-2014
Suicides Homicides Unintentional Legal Intervention Undetermined Intent
Year % of Total
Firearm Deaths
for Year*
  % of Total
Firearm Deaths
for Year
  % of Total
Firearm Deaths
for Year
  % of Total
Firearm Deaths
for Year
% of Total
Firearm Deaths
for Year
Total
1999
16,599
57.5%
10,828
37.5%
824
2.9%
299
1.0%
324
1.1%
28,874
2000
16,586
57.9%
10,801
37.7%
776
2.8%
270
0.9%
230
0.8%
28,663
2001
16,869
57.0%
11,348
38.4%
802
2.7%
323
1.1%
231
0.8%
29,573
2002
17,108
56.6%
11,829
39.1%
762
2.5%
300
1.0%
243
0.8%
30,242
2003
16,907
56.1%
11,920
39.6%
730
2.4%
347
1.2%
232
0.8%
30,136
2004
16,750
56.6%
11,624
39.3%
649
2.2%
311
1.1%
235
0.8%
29,569
2005
17,002
55.4%
12,352
40.2%
789
2.6%
330
1.1%
221
0.7%
30,694
2006
16,883
54.6%
12,791
41.4%
642
2.1%
360
1.2%
220
0.7%
30,896
2007
17,352
55.6%
12,632
40.5%
613
2.0%
351
1.1%
276
0.9%
31,224
2008
18,223
57.7%
12,179
38.5%
592
1.9%
326
1.0%
273
0.9%
31,593
2009
18,735
59.8%
11,493
36.7%
554
1.8%
333
1.1%
232
0.7%
31,347
2010
19,392
61.2%
11,078
35.0%
606
1.9%
344
1.1%
252
0.8%
31,672
2011
19,990
62.0%
11,068
34.2%
591
1.8%
454
1.4%
248
0.8%
32,351
2012
20,666
61.6%
11,622
34.6%
548
1.6%
471
1.4%
256
0.8%
33,563
2013
21,175
63.0%
11,208
33.3%
505
1.5%
467
1.4%
281
0.8%
33,636
2014
21,334
63.5%
10,945
32.6%
586
1.7%
464
1.4%
270
0.8%
33,599
Total
291,571
58.6%
185,718
37.3%
10,569
2.1%
5,750
1.2%
4,024
0.8%
497,632

*Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth (one decimal) so each year's percentages may not add up to 100% exactly.
 
 II. Firearm Suicides

There were 291,571 firearm suicides between 1999 and 2014. Firearms were the leading cause of suicide, representing 52.0% of all suicides. Suffocation was the second most frequent cause with 129,187 deaths. Adults 65 years old and older were most often the victims of gun suicides with 67,434 deaths between 1999 and 2014 (23.0% of total firearm suicides), and with 2014 having the most suicides in this age group at 5,368. Overall, firearm suicides were up 28.5% from 1999 to 2014.
Firearm Suicides by Age, 1999-2014
Year <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Total
1999 0 0 2 103 2,315 2,621 3,097 2,677 1,860 3,921 16,599
2000 0 0 0 110 2,267 2,453 3,191 2,858 1,833 3,869 16,586
2001 0 0 0 90 2,130 2,564 3,030 3,023 2,083 3,943 16,869
2002 0 0 0 86 2,088 2,399 3,157 3,136 2,234 4,006 17,108
2003 0 0 1 73 2,075 2,381 2,927 3,279 2,317 3,854 16,907
2004 0 0 0 59 2,104 2,283 2,868 3,349 2,328 3,756 16,750
2005 0 0 0 84 1,962 2,269 2,855 3,472 2,470 3,889 17,022
2006 0 0 0 62 1,978 2,150 2,821 3,481 2,562 3,828 16,883
2007 0 0 0 53 1,900 2,306 2,879 3,531 2,786 3,895 17,352
2008 0 0 0 50 2,009 2,357 2,796 3,789 3,079 4,143 18,223
2009 0 0 0 64 2,002 2,379 2,874 3,975 3,191 4,248 18,735
2010 0 0 1 80 2,046 2,594 2,914 4,092 3,387 4,276 19,392
2011 0 0 1 91 2,168 2,740 2,837 4,100 3,522 4,526 19,990
2012 0 0 1 104 2,218 2,760 2,924 4,113 3,747 4,796 20,666
2013 0 0 1 137 2,210 2,987 2,948 4,057 3,089 5,116 21,175
2014 0 0 0 174 2,270 2,829 2,830 3,953 3,910 5,368 21,334
Total 0 0 7 1,420 33,742 39,982 46,948 56,885 45,118 67,434 291,571
 III. Firearm Homicides

There were 185,718 firearm homicides between 1999 and 2014. Firearms were the leading cause of homicide, representing 66.9% of all homicides. Cuts or piercing (such as with a knife) were the second most frequent cause with 30,683 deaths. 15-24-year-olds were most often the victims of gun homicides with 66,431 deaths between 1999 and 2014, and with 2006 having the most deaths at 4,827. Overall, firearm homicides were up 1.1% from 1999 to 2014.
 
 

Firearm Homicides by Age, 1999-2014
Year <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Total
1999 8 50 61 163 4,038 3,048 1,868 893 373 326 10,828
2000 12 28 50 137 3,963 3,074 1,906 959 367 305 10,801
2001 11 55 59 121 4,200 3,308 1,978 934 364 373 11,348
2002 9 49 55 150 4,317 3,465 2,042 1,025 409 308 11,829
2003 8 40 48 139 4,410 3,540 1,941 1,110 394 290 11,920
2004 4 36 45 139 4,127 3,503 1,895 1,062 468 345 11,624
2005 6 37 44 143 4,499 3,780 2,010 1,097 405 331 12,352
2006 6 42 62 175 4,827 3,767 1,987 1,185 468 272 12,791
2007 15 48 47 154 4,669 3,751 2,038 1,159 446 305 12,632
2008 9 56 44 143 4,394 3,612 1,966 1,146 489 320 12,179
2009 11 55 53 115 4,051 3,300 1,869 1,152 520 367 11,493
2010 11 43 58 107 3,889 3,331 1,673 1,097 533 336 11,078
2011 7 48 55 107 3,825 3,271 1,718 1,147 546 344 11,068
2012 5 45 67 124 3,931 3,427 1,887 1,181 589 366 11,622
2013 12 39 48 94 3,704 3,372 1,843 1,158 573 365 11,208
2014 5 47 58 115 3,587 3,260 1,835 1,132 538 368 10,945
Total 139 718 854 2,126 66,431 54,809 30,456 17,437 7,482 5,321 185,718
 
 IV. Unintentional Firearm Deaths

There were 10,569 unintentional firearm deaths between 1999 and 2014. Firearms were the 15th leading cause of unintentional death representing 0.6% of all unintentional deaths. Traffic accidents were the leading cause with 594,280 deaths. 15-24-year-olds were most often the victims of unintentional gun deaths with 2,705 deaths between 1999 and 2014 (25.6% of total unintentional firearm deaths), and with 1999 having the most deaths at 251. Overall, unintentional firearm deaths were down 28.9% from 1999 to 2014.
 
 

Unintentional Firearm Deaths by Age, 1999-2014
Year <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Total
1999 0 12 19 57 251 143 136 92 48 66 824
2000 1 18 18 49 202 131 153 78 50 76 776
2001 0 15 18 39 206 122 146 103 69 82 802
2002 0 11 14 34 210 143 123 95 56 75 762
2003 0 7 13 36 200 120 118 92 62 82 730
2004 1 14 13 35 172 172 97 106 35 76 649
2005 1 22 15 37 203 130 114 108 67 92 789
2006 0 13 18 23 193 113 74 84 49 75 642
2007 1 18 18 26 155 155 91 82 57 69 613
2008 0 21 21 29 132 89 85 99 57 68 592
2009 1 15 12 20 132 99 76 61 60 78 554
2010 0 25 11 26 145 107 91 89 50 62 606
2011 4 25 16 29 130 86 66 87 64 84 591
2012 6 23 7 22 119 90 64 79 69 69 548
2013 3 27 15 24 107 82 48 80 59 60 505
2014 2 22 14 12 148 85 78 80 60 85 586
Total 20 288 242 498 2,705 1,867 1,560 1,415 912 1,199 10,569




 V. Legal Intervention Firearm Deaths

There were 5,750 firearm deaths due to legal intervention between 1999 and 2014. 25-34-year-olds were most often the victims of legal intervention gun deaths with 1,690 deaths between 1999 and 2014 (29.4% of total legal intervention firearm deaths), and with 2014 having the most deaths at 160. Overall, legal intervention firearm deaths were up 55.2% from 1999 to 2014. There was one legal intervention firearm death of a child under 1-year-old in 2009 and none other for children under 10.
 

Legal Intervention Firearm Deaths by Age, 1999-2014
Year <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Total
1999 0 0 0 1 64 112 76 32 11 3 299
2000 0 0 0 3 72 79 69 36 4 7 270
2001 0 0 0 0 87 95 84 31 16 10 323
2002 0 0 0 3 86 87 74 36 8 6 300
2003 0 0 0 0 92 109 89 38 11 6 347
2004 0 0 0 0 79 90 82 42 8 10 311
2005 0 0 0 0 80 88 94 39 22 7 330
2006 0 0 0 1 81 114 91 56 12 5 360
2007 0 0 0 1 96 107 76 49 14 8 351
2008 0 0 0 0 80 91 76 53 17 9 326
2009 1 0 0 0 69 99 64 53 24 13 333
2010 0 0 0 1 68 86 86 58 27 9 344
2011 0 0 0 1 100 100 130 85 36 18 454
2012 0 0 0 1 116 135 99 75 36 9 471
2013 0 0 0 1 96 138 113 70 35 14 467
2014 0 0 0 1 79 160 106 76 30 12 464
Total 1 0 0 14 1,345 1,690 1,463 829 311 146 5,750

VI. Firearm Deaths of Undetermined Intent

There were 4,024 firearm deaths of undetermined intent between 1999 and 2014. The firearm deaths of 15-24 years olds most often were categorized as undetermined intent between 1999 and 2014 with 1,117 deaths (27.8% of total undetermined intent firearm deaths), and with 1999 having the most deaths at 127. Overall, undetermined intent firearm deaths were down 16.7% from 1999 to 2014.
 
 

Firearm Deaths of Undetermined Intent, by Age, 1999-2014
Year <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Total
1999 0 3 0 12 127 51 57 28 14 32 324
2000 0 0 2 8 71 52 39 23 15 20 230
2001 0 0 2 4 64 48 50 29 12 22 231
2002 0 1 2 4 79 46 50 29 12 20 243
2003 0 1 1 11 69 38 43 13 20 18 232
2004 0 1 3 6 58 45 44 29 20 29 235
2005 0 3 3 9 77 35 28 28 23 15 221
2006 0 2 0 5 76 45 39 22 20 11 220
2007 0 3 2 10 82 44 36 40 35 24 276
2008 0 2 4 6 70 53 36 40 32 30 273
2009 1 2 1 4 42 40 38 48 33 23 232
2010 0 3 3 11 53 65 26 44 33 25 252
2011 0 2 1 10 62 44 39 29 34 27 248
2012 0 2 0 4 67 52 32 34 35 30 256
2013 0 1 1 6 64 66 43 29 42 29 281
2014 0 2 3 5 56 44 40 50 34 24 270
Total 1 28 28 115 1,117 768 640 515 380 414 4,024