Expanded Homicide Data Table 7

Murder Victims
by Weapon, 2002-2006

Weapons 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Total 14,263 14,465 14,210 14,965 14,990
Total firearms: 9,528 9,659 9,385 10,158 10,177
Handguns 7,294 7,745 7,286 7,565 7,795
Rifles 488 392 403 445 436
Shotguns 486 454 507 522 481
Other guns 75 76 117 138 107
Firearms, type not stated 1,185 992 1,072 1,488 1,358
Knives or cutting instruments 1,776 1,828 1,866 1,920 1,822
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 681 650 667 608 607
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 954 962 943 905 833
Poison 23 9 13 9 11
Explosives 11 4 1 2 1
Fire 103 170 118 125 115
Narcotics 48 44 80 46 42
Drowning 20 17 16 20 12
Strangulation 145 184 156 118 135
Asphyxiation 100 131 109 96 107
Other weapons or weapons not stated 874 807 856 958 1,128

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