Gun Violence Facts and Figures



  • Civilians own 393 million firearms, more than one for every adult and child living in the U.S. (Small Arms Survey, 2018)
  • In 2017, Washington State had the 11th highest number of active concealed carry permits in the country: 578,299 (Guns to Carry)
  • In 2017, 10% of adults in Washington State had a concealed carry permit. (Guns to Carry)


  • In 2020, firearm injuries killed 43,536 people, an average of 120 per day in the U.S.
  • Americans are 10 times more likely to die from firearm injury than people in any other developed country (CDC, 2015)
  • More deaths resulted from firearm injuries than motor vehicle accidents (CDC, 2015)
  • Firearm injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death for children (Am. Academy of Pediatrics 2017)
  • 4.6 million children live in homes in which at least one firearm is stored loaded and unlocked. (The New York Academy of Medicine 2018, Firearm Storage in Gun-Owning Households with Children: Results of a 2015 National Survey)
  • States where it is easier to obtain a concealed weapons permit have significantly higher rates of total, firearm-related, and handgun-related homicide (American Journal of Public Health, 2017)


  • In 2019, Washington ranked 15th highest amongst all states in death rate per 100,000 residents due to firearms (CDC)
  • Total number of deaths in Washington State resulting from firearms in 2019: 842 (CDC, represents a 27% increase since 2010)
  • From 2008 through 2017, 6,711 people were killed with firearms in Washington State, of which 5,122 people died by gun-related suicide, meaning a gun suicide occurred every 17 hours (Center for American Progress)
  • From 2014 through 2018, there were 18 mass shootings in Washington State. A total of 36 people were killed and 48 were injured (Center for American Progress)

CDC = U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A mass shooting is defined as a single incident resulting in 4 or more victims

The Gun Free Zone program is voluntary, and to date over a hundred businesses have participated. Businesses interested in joining the Gun Free Zone program can contact Washington CeaseFire at