Bureau of Justice Statistics releases trends and patterns in gun violence, 1993-2018

From 2014 to 2018, men had higher rates of firearm homicides than women. Based on rates among population groups, firearm homicides were higher among blacks (22.0 per 100,000) than whites (1.8 per 100,000), Hispanics (4.6 per 100,000), Asians or other Pacific Islanders (1.2 per 100,000) and American or Alaskan Indians. Aboriginal (6.2 per 100,000) people.

The rate of non-fatal firearm violence among those aged 12 or older decreased by 76% from 1993 to 2018, from 7.3 to 1.7 victimizations per 1,000 and from 1.1 to 1, 8 per 1,000 from 2014 to 2018. In 2018, there were 470,800 victimizations against people aged 12 or older, down 69% from 1.5 million in 1993. Men had higher rates than women of non-fatal firearm victimization between 2014 and 2018. Nearly 70% of non-fatal violence committed with firearms was reported to the police during this five-year period.

From 1993 to 2018, an annual average of 8% of all fatal and non-fatal violence involved a firearm. The majority of these violent acts committed with firearms involved the use of a handgun. In 2018, an estimated 7,600 firearm homicides were committed with a handgun, down from 14,000 in 1993. The average number of non-fatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun also declined, from 1.3 million in 1993-1995 to 432,800 in 2016-18.

Read the report at the Bureau of Justice Statistics