3,040
gun deaths in California, including
212
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
42%
Homicides comprised 2 in every 5 gun deaths
54%
Suicides comprised more than half of all gun deaths
88%
of gun death victims were male
7th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 3,000 Californians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of eight people every day. Suicides were 54% of the gun deaths and homicides were 42%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 4.24 to 11.54
  • 11.55 to 18.85
  • 18.86 to 26.16
  • 26.17 to 33.28
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in California, Trinity County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Modoc County and Lake County.

Conversely, Santa Clara County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by San Mateo County and Orange County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

1,275
firearm homicides in 2018, including
143
children and teens
15th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 2/5 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 70% of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

1,629
firearm suicides in 2018, including
54
children and teens
7th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than half of all gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

More than 1/3 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

Resources

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 at SpeakforSafety.org

Additional Information

Notes

  • All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with different age distributions.
  • All data is from 2018, the most recent year of data available, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated September 2020