Interactive: Two decades of firearm deaths in California

Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 4:37 pm
Last Modified: Friday, May. 9, 2014 - 8:17 am

About 80,000 California residents died because of firearm injuries between 1991 and 2012, roughly the same number killed in motor vehicle accidents, according to the latest state health data.

  • The number of firearm-related deaths is much lower today than it was 20 years ago, even though the state's population has grown significantly and many more guns are sold each year.
  • Californians between 15 and 24 are the most likely age group to die because of a firearm injury. Children under 15 account for less than 2 percent of firearm deaths.
  • Firearm death rates are generally highest in rural, inland California, particularly in the northern part of the state.
  • Minorities are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than whites. Whites are more likely to kill themselves with a firearm than minorities.

These charts show firearm death trends from 1991 to 2012 ...

Source: California Department of Public Health

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