New York state ranks among the lowest for gun deaths per capita, with 4.48 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to a Violence Policy Center analysis of national data.
Alaska was at the top, with 19.59 gunshot deaths per 100,000 people.
The data came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The analysis also indicates that states with few gun restrictions and high rates of gun ownership have the highest rates of gun-related deaths.
States like New York, with stronger gun violence prevention laws and lower rates of gun ownership, have lower gun-related death rates, although those rates are still far higher than gunshot deaths in other developed countries.
The Violence Policy Center analyzed gun death rates in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The data includes suicides and accidental shootings along with homicides, police incidents and lawful self-defense.
The states with the highest gun death rates and the number of households with guns were:
1. Alaska, 60.6 percent of households with guns, and at 19.59 deaths per 100,000 people
2. Louisiana, 45.6 percent gun ownership; 19.15 deaths
3. Alabama, 57.2 percent; 17.79
4. Mississippi, 54.3 percent; 17.55
5. Wyoming, 62.8 percent; 17.51
The states with the lowest rate of gun deaths were:
50. Hawaii, 9.7 percent of households with guns; 2.71 deaths per 100,000 residents
49. Massachusetts, 12.8 percent; 3.18
48. New York, 18.1 percent; 4.39
47. Connecticut, 16.2 percent; 4.48
46. Rhode Island, 13.3 percent; 5.33
For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states, see www.vpc.org/fadeathchart15.htm.
Even the lowest state rate, Hawaii’s 2.71 deaths per 100,000, is more than 10 times higher than that of the United Kingdom, which was 0.23 per 100,000, and more than triple Australia’s gun death rate of 0.86 per 100,000.