665
gun deaths in Oklahoma, including
53
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
28%
Homicides comprised more than 1/4 of gun deaths
70%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
84%
of gun death victims were male
15th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 650 Oklahomans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly two people every day. Suicides were 70% of the gun deaths and homicides were 28%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 11.31 to 15.91
  • 15.92 to 20.52
  • 20.53 to 25.13
  • 25.14 to 29.73
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Oklahoma, Johnston County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Pushmataha County and Major County.

Conversely, Pontotoc County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Payne County and Cleveland County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

185
firearm homicides in 2018, including
20
children and teens
21st
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

70% of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

465
firearm suicides in 2018, including
31
children and teens
8th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

70% of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 3/5 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