Table 20

Murder
by State, Types of Weapons, 2008
State Total
murders1
Total
firearms
Handguns Rifles Shotguns Firearms
(type unknown)
Knives or
cutting
instruments
Other
weapons
Hands, fists,
feet, etc.2
Alabama 338 262 241 1 20 0 24 35 17
Alaska 27 13 9 1 3 0 1 6 7
Arizona 405 290 243 15 16 16 45 45 25
Arkansas 157 110 65 1 9 35 17 25 5
California 2,142 1,487 1,156 48 64 219 294 241 120
Colorado 151 86 50 3 2 31 31 17 17
Connecticut 112 71 46 1 0 24 27 11 3
Delaware 57 44 29 0 2 13 6 5 2
Georgia 614 435 371 20 13 31 73 98 8
Hawaii 25 11 7 1 2 1 8 0 6
Idaho 23 14 9 2 3 0 0 3 6
Illinois3 530 421 412 3 1 5 48 50 11
Indiana 306 220 134 16 4 66 28 39 19
Iowa 74 25 13 2 4 6 16 20 13
Kansas 110 61 41 2 3 15 15 17 17
Kentucky 182 121 78 8 13 22 25 27 9
Louisiana 390 309 241 20 12 36 33 34 14
Maine 31 11 6 2 0 3 10 4 6
Maryland 493 353 328 4 13 8 61 51 28
Massachusetts 164 89 59 2 0 28 49 23 3
Michigan 536 375 165 16 8 186 40 94 27
Minnesota 106 54 51 1 2 0 22 22 8
Mississippi 184 142 115 4 11 12 15 20 7
Missouri 455 349 172 25 15 137 41 53 12
Montana 23 11 5 3 1 2 4 4 4
Nebraska 22 9 1 1 2 5 4 8 1
Nevada 163 93 60 1 6 26 27 35 8
New Hampshire 12 2 1 1 0 0 3 7 0
New Jersey 376 236 202 1 3 30 67 39 34
New Mexico 134 88 70 4 7 7 22 13 11
New York 835 475 107 12 20 336 184 147 29
North Carolina 586 362 261 22 25 54 54 102 68
North Dakota 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
Ohio 460 293 175 5 5 108 38 90 39
Oklahoma 212 128 106 6 10 6 33 28 23
Oregon 82 47 24 2 2 19 16 18 1
Pennsylvania 700 521 398 15 16 92 66 86 27
Rhode Island 29 18 9 0 0 9 6 4 1
South Carolina 304 206 125 9 18 54 31 43 24
South Dakota 22 13 4 0 2 7 1 7 1
Tennessee 408 240 170 11 19 40 53 91 24
Texas 1,372 895 706 58 52 79 230 140 107
Utah 41 19 16 0 0 3 8 8 6
Vermont 17 8 4 3 0 1 0 6 3
Virginia 366 240 121 12 13 94 54 61 11
Washington 190 110 82 2 10 16 32 25 23
West Virginia 55 33 14 2 10 7 5 13 4
Wisconsin 146 80 51 7 3 19 25 22 19
Wyoming 10 4 2 0 0 2 3 1 2

Back to Top

Data Declaration

Provides the methodology used in constructing this table and other pertinent information about this table.