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Tennessee Gun Violence Stats

Over the last 15 years, the Tennessee General Assembly, has systematically loosened our state's gun laws. The gun lobby-backed legislators say that more guns carried by more people make us safer. 

The statistics say otherwise.

According to the most recent available data, Tennessee is:


  • 17th for firearm suicides for all ages, according CDC Fatal Injury reports

    • Firearm suicides include any completed suicide committed with a gun

    • Between 2011 and 2021, the rate of firearm suicides for all ages increased 19 percent

    • 67 percent of all gun deaths in Tennessee are firearm suicides

    • On average, 2.2 Tennesseans use a gun to take their own life every day

    • 2021 saw a record number (814) of firearm suicides

  • 11th for women murdered by men, according to the Violence Policy Center

    • While Tennessee is ranked 11th according to the most recent 2020 data, in previous years going back to 2011, the state has consistently ranked in the top ten states for women murdered by men, most often with a gun and almost always by a man they know

    • Tennessee has been and remains one of the most dangerous states for women

  • 4th for unintentional shootings involving children, according to the #NotAnAccident index

    • So far this year, there have already been 23 unintentional shootings involving Tennessee kids with access to unsecured guns, resulting in four deaths and 11 injuries. (There were 17 in 2022, resulting in nine deaths and eight injuries)

    • Only three other states (Texas, 20; Indiana, 19; and Ohio, 18) have had more than Tennessee​

    • Of the four deaths this year, three of them involved children under the age of eight.

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