The US House and Senate compromised to pass the first major gun legislation package in almost three decades. The bill, signed by President Joe Biden on June 25, 2022, came together in the month after the Uvalde, Texas elementary school mass shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead, just after a Buffalo, New York grocery store shooting left 10 adults dead.
On Aug. 4, 2021, the Mexican government sued US gun manufacturers in US federal court. The Mexican government accused the manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock Inc, of “actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico.” The Foreign Affairs Ministry estimates 70% of guns trafficked in Mexico came from the United States, contributing to 17,000 homicides in 2019 alone. In Feb. 2022, the attorneys general of 13 states filed a brief in federal court supporting the Mexican government’s lawsuit.
The Mexican government accused the manufacturers of “actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico.”
On Jan. 15, 2021, the NRA filed for bankruptcy, and announced plans to leave New York, where the Attorney General was preparing legal action against the group, and move to Texas where the organization would reincorporate. On May 11, 2021, a federal judge dismissed the bankruptcy filing, allowing legal proceedings against the NRA to proceed in New York.
On Apr. 8, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland outlined five actions to be taken by the Biden Administration to curb gun violence.
The FBI conducted more background checks in 2020 than in any other year since 1998 when the agency began collecting data. The FBI reported 39,695,315 background checks completed in 2020, up from 2019 in which 28,369,750 million checks were performed.
On Jan. 15, 2021, the NRA filed for bankruptcy, and announced plans to leave New York and move to Texas where the organization will reincorporate. New York Attorney General Letitia James called the move a “tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.” NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre stated, “The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom.”
As of Nov. 2, 2020, the FBI has conducted more background checks in 2020 than in any other year since 1998 when the agency began collecting data. The FBI reported 16.5 million background checks in the first 10 months of 2020, beating the prior record of 14.9 million checks in 2016, and up significantly from 2019 in which 12.3 million checks were performed.
On Aug. 6, 2020, New York Attorney General Letitia James, JD, MPA, filed a lawsuit arguing for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre.
A Secret Service analysis found that of 24 mass shootings in 2019 at least 10 (42%) involved illegally possessed guns.
The FBI conducted over 3.7 million gun background checks in Mar. 2020, over 2.9 million in Apr. 2020, over 3.1 million in May 2020, over 3.9 million in June 2020 (an all-time high), and over 3.6 million in July 2020 as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continued.
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court declined to hear almost a dozen cases appealing gun control laws, leaving the laws in place.
Female first-time firearm owners were 35 times more likely to commit suicide within 12 years of buying the gun compared to women who did not own guns; male first-time firearm owners were about eight times more likely to do so.
1.9 million guns were sold in the US in Mar. 2020, a number topped only by gun sales in Jan. 2013 when 2 million guns were sold.
On Apr. 27, 2020, the US Supreme Court indicated it would not rule on a New York City regulation that prevented residents with “premises licenses” to take their guns to second homes and shooting ranges outside of New York City. NYC repealed the regulation before the SCOTUS hearing.
Mar. 2020 was the first Mar. since 2002 in which there were no school shootings. 2002 is the year in which most 2020 high school seniors were born and, while there was one instance of a 13-year old student bringing a gun to campus in Mar. 2002, he was prevented from using it
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There were 572,537 gun deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2016, an average of 31,808 per year. Explore year-by-year data on firearm suicides, homicides, unintentional deaths, legal intervention deaths, and deaths of undetermined intent.
Firearms are the 12th leading cause of death overall in the United States, but didn’t show up in the CDC’s Top 20 list. Find out why and dig into the numbers.
Guns were the leading cause of suicides and homicides between 1999 and 2016, and the 16th leading cause of unintentional deaths. See the other leading causes in this updated resource.
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The United States has 120.5 guns for every 100 people, or about 393,347,000 firearms, which means that 45.88% of the world’s civilian guns are held by 4.32% of the world’s population. See how many guns are owned by civilians in 230 countries and territories.
Out of 195 countries, the United States had the 59th highest firearm homicide rate at 2.70 murders per 100,000 people between 2010 and 2015. Honduras reported the highest rate at 67.19 gun homicides per 100,000 people and Brazil had the highest total number of firearm homicides with 38,494.