Expanded Homicide Data Table 8

Murder Victims
by Weapon, 2004–2008
Weapons 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total 14,210 14,965 15,087 14,916 14,180
Total firearms: 9,385 10,158 10,225 10,129 9,484
Handguns 7,286 7,565 7,836 7,398 6,755
Rifles 403 445 438 453 375
Shotguns 507 522 490 457 444
Other guns 117 138 107 116 79
Firearms, type not stated 1,072 1,488 1,354 1,705 1,831
Knives or cutting instruments 1,866 1,920 1,830 1,817 1,897
Blunt objects
(clubs, hammers, etc.)
667 608 618 647 614
Personal weapons
(hands, fists, feet, etc.)1
943 905 841 869 861
Poison 13 9 12 10 10
Explosives 1 2 1 1 10
Fire 118 125 117 131 86
Narcotics 80 46 48 52 33
Drowning 16 20 12 12 15
Strangulation 156 118 137 134 88
Asphyxiation 109 96 106 109 89
Other weapons or weapons not stated 856 958 1,140 1,005 993

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