Shocking Statistics about Gun Violence

  • Nearly 40,000 people died by gun violence in the U.S. in 2018, with more than twice as many injured61% of gun deaths are by suicide. 1
  • In the U.S. there are more guns than autos and more stores to buy guns than there are coffee shopsAt 393 million civilian-owned firearms, there’s more than one firearm for every man woman and child in the U.S. 2
  • Approximately 380,000 firearms are stolen each year.3 The lack of a national registry and Congressional prohibitions make tracing ownership of crime guns difficult. 
  • More than 40% of gun-owning households with children store their guns unlocked. That helps to account for more than 2,700 children and teens injured and 110 killed in unintentional shootings each year.4
  • One in five firearm purchases occurs without a criminal background check.5