USA Gun Control By State – The Effect On Violent Crime & Murder Rates

What effect do gun control laws have on the violent crime rate and homicide rate in the USA?

In summary the facts show that the more gun freedom there is, or the less gun control there is, the lower the homicide rate and the lower the rate of violent crime.

This article brings together 3 main measurements. Gun freedom, violent crime rate and homicide rate in the USA.

The violent crime rate and homicide rate are self-explanatory.

To calculate the level of gun control per state we did the following.

We scored each state on the following.

The connection between violent crime rates, homicide rates and gun control laws in the USA by state.

Do you need to register handguns and long guns? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)

Is there an assault weapon law? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)

Are NFA weapons restricted? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)

Do you need a license to own a gun? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)

For areas where these was not a clear yes or no we scored one point.

When all this data is put together you get this graph.

The states on the right have the least gun controls, the trend is shown by the red line, the green line shows the violent crime rate trend and the blue line shows the homicide rate trend.

It can be seen that as gun controls reduce so does the violent crime rate and so does the homicide rate.

The violent crime rate is the most effected by gun freedom but the homicide rate is also effected in a positive way although not to the same extent as the violent crime rate.

I have included the figures that produce this graph below, feel free to use the graph and numbers for your own purposes. If you have any comments please feel free to leave them below.

State Gun Control Violent Crime Rate Homicide Rate
DC 0 1,508
Hawaii 3 281 2.61
Massachusetts 4 447 2.64
New York 4 435 4.61
California 6 533 6.67
Conneticut 6 281 2.6
Illinois 6 542 6.1
Maryland 6 679 9.37
New Jersey 7 352 4.51
Virginia 8 282 5.23
Minnesota 11 312 2.22
North Carolina 11 476 6.23
Washington 11 346 3.06
Delaware 12 682 2.05
Iowa 12 284 1.36
Louisiana 12 698 12.74
Ohio 12 350 4.52
Rhode Island 12 228 2.41
South Carolina 12 766 6.86
Texas 12 516 6.07
Wisconsin 12 284 2.79
Arkansas 13 552 6.4
Colorado 13 392 4.41
Arizona 14 501 6.28
Michigan 14 562 6.36
Idaho 15 247 2.15
Indiana 15 315 5.06
Mississippi 15 299 7.83
Montana 15 254 3.24
Nevada 15 742 7.37
North Dakota 15 128 1.41
Oklahoma 15 497 5.28
Utah 15 224 1.9
Alabama 16 425 5.61
Alaska 16 688 5.63
Florida 16 712 5.08
Georgia 16 471 6.87
Kansas 16 425 4.5
Kentucky 16 263 5.7
Maine 16 116 1.37
Missouri 16 546 6.15
Nebraska 16 282 2.89
New Hampshire 16 139
New Mexico 16 643 8.88
Oregon 16 280 2.51
Pennsylvania 16 439 5.24
South Dakota 16 171 2.34
Tennesse 16 760 5.95
Vermont 16 137 2.58
West Virginia 16 280 3.75
Wyoming 16 240 2.17

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