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Murder Victims by State and Weapons Used

The following table shows the number of murder victims in the United States by state and the weapon used in the crime. Weapons used include several types of guns, knives, hands, feet, and other weapons.

Murder by State, Types of Weapons, 2012              
StateTotal murders1Total firearmsHandgunsRiflesShotgunsFirearms (type unknown)Knives or cutting instrumentsOther weaponsHands, fists, feet, etc.2     
Alabama3211000010     
Alaska291110010972     
Arizona32121115712933405812     
Arkansas16610855464328255     
California1,8791,304899385231526122787     
Colorado16092613523292217     
Connecticut146112502713417143     
Delaware5741251213583     
Georgia54139034410122457859     
Hawaii1333000244     
Idaho261712122342     
Illinois3509439429424391912     
Indiana2752051289761203713     
Iowa4425133181126     
Kansas845036111212139     
Kentucky192122101489282913     
Louisiana4553703419812352723     
Maine25146107713     
Maryland365277265525452815     
Massachusetts1217032013733126     
Michigan6825363093619172486137     
Minnesota894137220211611     
Mississippi17413299752113218     
Missouri38928315388114296413     
Montana22118201632     
Nebraska524237212541     
Nevada1167041122617236     
New Hampshire1494005320     
New Jersey3852732376327633217     
New Mexico1096742551514217     
New York6824073581163212612623     
North Carolina470309208123059437741     
North Dakota1641012282     
Ohio4102781765889347424     
Oklahoma21214912110108241821     
Oregon814211232617202     
Pennsylvania68452241291091687420     
Rhode Island341970012564     
South Carolina32423713491381314511     
South Dakota1442110145     
Tennessee3872541837658377323     
Texas1,1417454932841183173122101     
Utah4929222141064     
Vermont822000231     
Virginia31422010392106373819     
Washington194106714328433312     
West Virginia6647265214775     
Wisconsin169108855117302110     
Wyoming1452003324     
Guam200000020     
Virgin Islands5242282111640     
1 Total number of murders for which supplemental homicide data were received.              
2 Pushed is included in hands, fists, feet, etc.              
3 Limited supplemental homicide data were received.              
               
               
               
               
              
1. Refers to club, hammer, etc.
2. Before 1973, includes drowning.
3. Includes poison, explosives, unknown, drowning, asphyxiation, narcotics, other means, and weapons not stated.
Source: Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports for the United States, 1997, 2007 and 2011.

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Homicide Rate (per 100,000), 1950–2004 Crime Data Murders, Robberies, and Aggravated Assaults in Which Firearms Were Used, 1973–2005
Murder Victims by State and Weapons Used

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