Firearm death rates vary widely between states, as do the strength of their firearm laws. The overall death rate from firearm injury in 2015 was 11.3 per 100 000; rates in the contiguous 48 states ranged from a low of 3.1 in Massachusetts to a high of 20.4 in Kentucky.1 If the upward trend in deaths from firearm injury in the United States is to be reversed—there were 7.9% more deaths in 2015 than in 20141–then the death rates in each state must decrease.
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