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CDC Data: Deaths and Injuries from Firearms


CDC Releases Final Mortality Data for 2004
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics releases national mortality data approximately 18-24 months after the end of each calendar year. The most recent data available is for 2004, released in December of 2006. Expect to see 2005 numbers here in Fall 2007.

Read the Read an Overview of the Report, "Deaths: Final Data for 2004."

See a Summary Table of National Firearm Deaths, 1999-2004, for ages 0 to 19.

Look up firearm deaths by state (1999-2004):
Look-up firearm mortality statistics on the CDC database.


CDC Releases National Injury Data for 2004
The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program annualized estimates for 2003 are based on data from all types and external causes of non-fatal injuries and poisonings treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments from January 1 through December 31, 2004. These data will be updated in Fall 2006 from data obtained for the calendar year 2005.

Look-up firearm injury statistics on the CDC database.


CDC Releases Final Mortality Data for 2002
Read the Full Report, "Deaths: Final Data for 2002." (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Look-up firearm mortality statistics on the CDC database.



CDC Releases Final Mortality Data for 2001
Read the HHS Press Release, September 25, 2003.

Read the Full Report, "Deaths: Final Data for 2001." (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Look-up firearm mortality statistics on the CDC database.



CDC Releases Final Mortality Data for 2000
Read the HHS Press Release, September 2002.

Read the Full Report, "Deaths: Final Data for 2000." (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Read the Common Sense about Kids and Guns Press Release: Still Too Many Preventable Gun Accidents and Suicides; New Data Shows 58% Increase in Accidental Shootings of Small Children.



CDC Final Mortality Data for 1999
Read the HHS Press Release, September 2001.

Read the Full Report, "Deaths: Final Data for 1999." (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Read the Common Sense about Kids and Guns Press Release: CDC Reports Decline in Children’s Gun Deaths; Common Sense About Kids and Guns Applauds Responsible Parents But Warns There’s More To Do



CDC Final Mortality Data for 1998
Read the HHS Press Release, July 2000.

Read the Full Report, "Final Data for 1998." (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Read the Common Sense about Kids and Guns Press Release, which points out that even though overall firearm deaths for children and teens were down 10% in 1998:

  • Non-homicide firearm deaths (i.e. accidents/suicides) only declined 4% from 1997 to 1998.
  • For kids under 15, non-homicide firearm deaths increased 4%.
  • Among 5-9 year olds, accidental firearm deaths actually increased 21%.
  • Among 10-14 year olds, there was a 21% increase in the number of firearm suicides.
  • In 1998, one child or teen was killed in a firearm-related accident or suicide every 5.5 hours.


Direct Link to CDC Mortality Data
You can also enter your own query on the CDC database.
The CDC has developed an interactive reporting system called WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) that provides customized injury-related mortality data. You can query for specific dates, age ranges, states, races, gender, and manner of death.


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