Expanded Homicide Data Table 8

Murder Victims

by Weapon, 2008–2012

Weapons 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total 14,224 13,752 13,164 12,795 12,765
Total firearms: 9,528 9,199 8,874 8,653 8,855
Handguns 6,800 6,501 6,115 6,251 6,371
Rifles 380 351 367 332 322
Shotguns 442 423 366 362 303
Other guns 81 96 93 97 110
Firearms, type not stated 1,825 1,828 1,933 1,611 1,749
Knives or cutting instruments 1,888 1,836 1,732 1,716 1,589
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 603 623 549 502 518
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 875 817 769 751 678
Poison 9 7 11 5 12
Explosives 11 2 4 6 8
Fire 85 98 78 76 85
Narcotics 34 52 45 33 35
Drowning 16 8 10 15 13
Strangulation 89 122 122 88 89
Asphyxiation 87 84 98 92 105
Other weapons or weapons not stated 999 904 872 858 778
  • 1 Pushed is included in personal weapons.