Gun Violence in California

Each year, more than 3,000 people die due to gun violence in California.

In 2016, the most recent year in which data is available, 3,184 Californians died by gun violence:

1,595 Californians died by gun suicide

1,467 Californians died by gun homicide

Gun Violence Restraining Order in California

In 2014, California became the first state to pass a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) law. Based on Connecticut’s risk warrant law, the GVRO allows family members, household members, and law enforcement to work with courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others.

Learn more about California’s GVRO: Speak for Safety

Additional Information

Firearm Homicide in California

Firearm Suicide in California


Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. Firearm Deaths and
Rates per 100,000. Fatal Injury Reports, 1999-2016. Available:

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