Table 20

Murder
by State, Types of Weapons, 2009
State Total
murders1
Total
firearms
Handguns Rifles Shotguns Firearms
(type unknown)
Knives or
cutting
instruments
Other
weapons
Hands, fists,
feet, etc.2
Alabama 318 229 196 1 32 0 29 40 20
Alaska 22 13 1 0 0 12 4 3 2
Arizona 328 197 164 10 10 13 61 53 17
Arkansas 171 107 54 5 5 43 21 38 5
California 1,972 1,360 1,022 45 49 244 291 214 107
Colorado 167 94 55 6 6 27 23 30 20
Connecticut 107 70 51 0 2 17 17 14 6
Delaware 41 31 20 2 0 9 6 1 3
District of Columbia 144 113 80 1 1 31 17 9 5
Georgia 543 378 323 17 19 19 56 97 12
Hawaii 21 8 4 2 1 1 3 4 6
Idaho 22 5 3 0 0 2 3 9 5
Illinois3 479 386 360 5 8 13 39 48 6
Indiana 293 209 136 8 14 51 34 40 10
Iowa 34 11 3 1 3 4 8 6 9
Kansas 118 85 38 9 0 38 14 11 8
Kentucky 170 112 90 5 6 11 22 27 9
Louisiana 486 402 330 20 11 41 32 37 15
Maine 26 11 4 0 0 7 6 6 3
Maryland 438 305 297 2 6 0 58 57 18
Massachusetts 169 93 47 2 1 43 40 29 7
Michigan 625 437 239 25 19 154 47 112 29
Minnesota 72 38 35 1 1 1 14 8 12
Mississippi 151 105 83 9 6 7 22 15 9
Missouri 381 276 170 8 11 87 40 50 15
Montana 28 19 9 2 5 3 4 2 3
Nebraska 40 23 22 1 0 0 8 4 5
Nevada 156 91 66 1 3 21 25 27 13
New Hampshire 10 4 1 0 0 3 3 2 1
New Jersey 319 220 189 3 6 22 44 36 19
New Mexico 144 78 54 2 3 19 24 29 13
New York 779 481 117 8 13 343 166 109 23
North Carolina 480 335 243 17 20 55 49 64 32
North Dakota 9 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 3
Ohio 502 311 193 2 9 107 52 95 44
Oklahoma 225 125 104 10 4 7 45 25 30
Oregon 83 41 9 2 10 20 21 19 2
Pennsylvania 658 468 373 13 11 71 66 100 24
Rhode Island 31 18 0 0 0 18 6 5 2
South Carolina 286 197 115 4 12 66 28 41 20
South Dakota 11 4 0 1 2 1 5 1 1
Tennessee 461 295 200 13 22 60 45 92 29
Texas 1,325 862 661 55 58 88 197 153 113
Utah 37 25 15 0 5 5 8 2 2
Vermont 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 2
Virginia 347 229 108 8 7 106 41 55 22
Washington 169 101 75 16 4 6 35 14 19
West Virginia 76 38 20 2 3 13 19 13 6
Wisconsin 144 95 65 3 9 18 22 13 14
Wyoming 11 8 7 0 0 1 1 1 1

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