Tennessee Firearm Death Data

This information is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WISQARS database. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, pronounced “whiskers”) is an interactive database system that provides injury-related mortality data.  The data below is specifically related to firearm deaths – all firearm deaths, firearm homicides, firearm suicide deaths, and unintentional shooting deaths.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives information from each state’s health department, then uploads it into the WISQARS database.

Below are tables reflecting rates of firearm death (all intents), firearm homicides, and firearm suicide deaths by state, ranked by age-adjusted rate for the most recent year of CDC data.

The states in red are states whose gun laws received a D or F grade from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Those in green received a A or B. Those in black received a C. For more on gun law grades, click here.  States with an asterisk are “permitless carry” states, meaning no permit, and no firearm safety training, is required to carry loaded gun in public places.

In 2016, Tennessee was 11th in the nation for firearms deaths (all intents), 7th in the nation for firearm homicides, and 19th for firearm suicides.

For detail on the number of Tennessee firearm deaths (all intents) 2010-2017, click here or scroll below
For detail on the number of Tennessee firearm homicides 2010-2017, click here or scroll below
For detail on the number of Tennessee firearm suicide deaths 2010-2017, click here or scroll below

2017 Firearm Deaths Rates – All Intents

RANK

STATE

DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

1

*Alaska

180

739795

24.53

2

Alabama

1124

4874747

22.85

3

Montana

244

1050493

22.59

4

Louisiana

1008

4684333

21.60

5

*Mississippi

632

2984100

21.50

6

*Missouri

1307

6113532

21.32

7

*Arkansas

613

3004279

20.23

8

*Wyoming

113

579315

18.74

9

*West Virginia

348

1815857

18.59

10

New Mexico

394

2088070

18.50

11

Tennessee

1246

6715984

18.45

12

South Carolina

893

5024369

17.58

13

Oklahoma

681

3930864

17.16

14

Nevada

508

2998039

16.70

15

Idaho

280

1716943

16.44

16

Kentucky

730

4454189

16.20

17

Kansas

466

2913123

15.87

18

*Arizona

1134

7016270

15.69

19

Georgia

1623

10429379

15.36

20

Indiana

1016

6666818

15.18

21

Utah

410

3101833

14.03

22

Ohio

1589

11658609

13.68

23

North Carolina

1430

10273419

13.63

24

Colorado

779

5607154

13.38

25

*North Dakota

103

755393

13.18

26

Pennsylvania

1636

12805537

12.44

27

Texas

3513

28304596

12.36

28

Florida

2724

20984400

12.31

29

Maryland

742

6052177

12.25

30

Oregon

528

4142776

12.08

31

Illinois

1543

12802023

12.05

32

Virginia

1041

8470020

11.86

33

*South Dakota

101

869666

11.83

34

*Vermont

70

623657

11.81

35

*Maine

172

1335907

11.59

36

Delaware

111

961939

11.57

37

Michigan

1138

9962311

11.18

38

Washington

849

7405743

11.06

39

Wisconsin

624

5795483

10.53

40

New Hampshire

146

1342795

10.34

41

Iowa

293

3145711

9.03

42

Nebraska

160

1920076

8.31

43

Minnesota

465

5576606

8.22

44

California

3184

39536653

7.82

45

New Jersey

478

9005644

5.33

46

Connecticut

188

3588184

5.13

47

Rhode Island

43

1059639

3.84

48

New York

772

19849399

3.72

49

Massachusetts

262

6859819

3.68

50

Hawaii

39

1427538

2.45

2017 Firearm Death Rates – Homicide Only

RANK

STATE

DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

1

Louisiana

534

4684333

11.73

2

Alabama

506

4874747

10.91

3

*Mississippi

295

2984100

10.39

4

*Missouri

564

6113532

9.71

5

Maryland

454

6052177

7.84

6

Illinois

934

12802023

7.52

7

Tennessee

467

6715984

7.40

8

South Carolina

338

5024369

7.11

9

*Arkansas

192

3004279

6.82

10

Georgia

666

10429379

6.41

11

*Alaska

46

739795

6.26

12

Delaware

57

961939

6.17

13

Oklahoma

228

3930864

6.15

14

Indiana

371

6666818

5.81

15

Ohio

621

11658609

5.69

16

Kentucky

228

4454189

5.36

17

Nevada

153

2998039

5.35

18

North Carolina

522

10273419

5.25

19

New Mexico

101

2088070

5.19

20

Pennsylvania

602

12805537

5.02

21

Florida

947

20984400

4.89

22

Kansas

137

2913123

4.87

23

Michigan

438

9962311

4.65

24

*Arizona

304

7016270

4.50

25

Texas

1254

28304596

4.40

26

West Virginia

69

1815857

4.10

27

Virginia

345

8470020

4.05

28

California

1435

39536653

3.64

29

New Jersey

261

9005644

3.08

30

Wisconsin

159

5795483

2.92

31

Colorado

160

5607154

2.82

32

Washington

165

7405743

2.27

33

Connecticut

73

3588184

2.20

34

Montana

21

1050493

2.18

35

Iowa

64

3145711

2.15

36

Oregon

73

4142776

1.85

37

Utah

53

3101833

1.72

38

Idaho

27

1716943

1.70

39

New York

312

19849399

1.59

40

Nebraska

29

1920076

1.58

41

Massachusetts

103

6859819

1.58

42

*South Dakota

11

869666

1.47

43

Minnesota

78

5576606

1.47

44

Rhode Island

10

1059639

0.98

45

*Maine

10

1335907

0.72

46

*North Dakota

P

755393

.

47

*Vermont

P

623657

.

48

*Wyoming

P

579315

.

49

Hawaii

P

1427538

.

50

New Hampshire

P

1342795

.

2017 Firearm Death Rates – 2017 – Firearm Suicide Only

RANK

STATE

DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

1

Montana

213

1050493

19.37

2

*Wyoming

99

579315

16.49

3

*Alaska

119

739795

16.17

4

Idaho

244

1716943

14.18

5

*West Virginia

267

1815857

13.86

6

*Arkansas

392

3004279

12.41

7

*North Dakota

93

755393

11.97

8

Utah

344

3101833

11.86

9

New Mexico

261

2088070

11.75

10

Alabama

573

4874747

11.01

11

*Missouri

701

6113532

10.90

12

Oklahoma

439

3930864

10.66

13

Arizona

792

7016270

10.63

14

Kansas

316

2913123

10.57

15

Nevada

329

2998039

10.48

16

*Vermont

62

623657

10.40

17

Colorado

592

5607154

10.10

18

Kentucky

470

4454189

10.09

19

Tennessee

711

6715984

10.04

20

*Maine

151

1335907

10.02

21

South Carolina

531

5024369

9.97

22

Oregon

439

4142776

9.84

23

*South Dakota

83

869666

9.58

24

*Mississippi

295

2984100

9.56

25

Louisiana

444

4684333

9.21

26

New Hampshire

132

1342795

9.20

27

Indiana

604

6666818

8.78

28

Georgia

908

10429379

8.48

29

Washington

639

7405743

8.17

30

North Carolina

840

10273419

7.72

31

Texas

2158

28304596

7.60

32

Ohio

918

11658609

7.53

33

Virginia

672

8470020

7.51

34

Florida

1723

20984400

7.15

35

Pennsylvania

993

12805537

7.09

36

Wisconsin

435

5795483

7.06

37

Iowa

222

3145711

6.64

38

Nebraska

126

1920076

6.46

39

Michigan

682

9962311

6.33

40

Minnesota

365

5576606

6.33

41

Delaware

50

961939

4.95

42

Illinois

577

12802023

4.28

43

Maryland

271

6052177

4.13

44

California

1610

39536653

3.84

45

Rhode Island

33

1059639

2.87

46

Connecticut

109

3588184

2.77

47

New Jersey

204

9005644

2.11

48

Massachusetts

152

6859819

2.00

49

New York

433

19849399

2.00

50

Hawaii

30

1427538

1.82

Section 1

Tennessee Firearm Deaths – 2010 – 2017 – All Intents

YEAR

NUMBER OF DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

2017

1,246

6,715,984

18.45

2016

1,148

6,651,194

16.99

2015

1,075

6,600,299

15.94

2014

1,016

6,547,779

15.10

2013

1,030

6,496,130

15.40

2012

995

6,455,469

14.93

2011

948

6,398,408

14.40

2010

932

6,346,113

14.42

Section 2

Tennessee Firearm Deaths – 2010 – 2017 – Homicide Only

YEAR

NUMBER OF DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

2017

467

6,715,984

7.40

2016

434

6,651,194

6.73

2015

363

6,600,299

5.72

2014

315

6,547,779

4.95

2013

309

6,496,130

4.89

2012

327

6,455,469

5.16

2011

309

6,398,408

4.95

2010

293

6,346,113

4.67

Section 3

Tennessee Firearm Deaths – Suicide Only

YEAR

NUMBER OF DEATHS

POPULATION

RATE

2017

711

6,715,984

10.04

2016

675

6,651,194

9.67

2015

638

6,600,299

9.13

2014

644

6,547,779

9.31

2013

676

6,496,130

9.86

2012

626

6,455,469

9.14

2011

591

6,398,408

8.73

2010

585

6,346,113

8.93