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New York State ranks low in 2013 gun death rates

New York State had the third-lowest gun death rate in the nation in 2013, according to an analysis conducted by the Violence Policy Center.

The rate of gun deaths in New York was 4.39 percent per 100,000, according to the analysis, which utilized data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Hawaii had the best rate, 2.71, while Alaska had the worst, 19.59.

The national rate was 10.64.

State gun death rates were calculated by dividing the number of gun deaths by the total state population and multiplying the result by 100,000 to obtain the rate per 100,000, which is the standard and accepted method for comparing fatal levels of gun violence, according to the center.

States with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation, the center stated. However, even in these states, the human toll of gun violence is far above the gun death rate in other industrialized nations.

In 2011, the gun death rate in the United Kingdom was 0.23 per 100,000 and Australia’s was 0.86 per 100,000, the center reported, citing data available at

The center presented incomplete information on state gun ownership, which was based on data from 2002.

The Violence Policy Center is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury.