186
gun deaths in Montana, including
11
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
11%
Homicides comprised 11% of gun deaths
86%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
13th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 200 Montanans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than three people every week. Suicides were 86% of the gun deaths and homicides were 11%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 13.63 to 19.93
  • 19.94 to 26.24
  • 26.25 to 32.55
  • 32.56 to 38.81
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Montana, Deer Lodge County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Lincoln County and Big Horn County.

Conversely, Gallatin County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Cascade County and Yellowstone County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

20
firearm homicides in 2018
11th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

11% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Nearly half of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

160
firearm suicides in 2018, including
11
children and teens
2nd
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

The majority of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

3/5 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

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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