1,228
gun deaths in Tennessee, including
137
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
41%
Homicides comprised two in every five gun deaths
56%
Suicides comprised more than half of all gun deaths
83%
of gun death victims were male
11th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,200 Tennesseans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than three people every day. Suicides were 56% of the gun deaths and homicides were 41%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 8.33 to 14.43
  • 14.44 to 20.54
  • 20.55 to 26.65
  • 26.66 to 32.60
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Tennessee, Clay County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Stewart County and Lewis County.

Conversely, Williamson County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Jefferson County and Loudon County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

504
firearm homicides in 2018, including
94
children and teens
7th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

2/5 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

690
firearm suicides in 2018, including
38
children and teens
22nd
highest 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

3/5 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

Resources

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