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 ...