Home Crime in the U.S. 2016 Crime in the U.S. 2016 Tables Expanded Homicide Data Table 4

Expanded Homicide Data Table 4

Murder Victims

by Weapon, 2012–2016

Weapons 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total 12,888 12,253 12,270 13,750 15,070
Total firearms: 8,897 8,454 8,312 9,778 11,004
Handguns 6,404 5,782 5,673 6,569 7,105
Rifles 298 285 258 258 374
Shotguns 310 308 264 272 262
Other guns 116 123 93 177 186
Firearms, type not stated 1,769 1,956 2,024 2,502 3,077
Knives or cutting instruments 1,604 1,490 1,595 1,589 1,604
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 522 428 446 450 472
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 707 687 682 659 656
Poison 13 11 10 8 11
Explosives 8 2 7 1 1
Fire 87 94 71 84 107
Narcotics 38 53 70 75 114
Drowning 14 4 14 14 9
Strangulation 90 85 89 99 98
Asphyxiation 106 95 102 120 91
Other weapons or weapons not stated 802 850 872 873 903
  • 1 Pushed is included in personal weapons.