Two states, Texas and North Carolina, saw the most firearm-related fatalities in 2016, with 1,831 deaths and 4,917 injuries.
While that was a number that has been trending upwards for several years now, the numbers are still alarming, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Texas saw a total of 7,737 deaths, a number up from the previous year but still well below the national average.
North Carolina saw 2,074 deaths and 6,071 injuries, an increase of more than 6,000 from the prior year.
In both states, the total number of people killed by guns was nearly twice as many as the national total.
North Dakota saw the highest number of gun deaths in 2016 with 2,868 deaths, and Colorado saw the second highest number with 2.791 deaths.
In contrast, in 2016 Texas had the most gun-related deaths with 1.4 million deaths and North Dakota had the lowest number of deaths with just 636, according the Centers for Disease Dynamics and Prevention’s annual State of the State report.
A number of factors can contribute to the states high death toll, including the fact that there are a lot of firearms and a lack of gun control laws, said Brian Mott, a gun violence prevention researcher at George Mason University and a professor at Georgetown University.
“It’s also difficult to put a number on the frequency of gun-violence incidents in a state because there are so many variables to consider,” he said.
In 2017, the majority of firearm deaths in the United States were linked to accidental shootings or suicides.
About 1,700 people were killed in 2016 by guns, the CDC reported.
A total of 4,066 people were shot in 2016 alone, which is the most in a single year since records began in 1980.
In Texas, the number of homicides for the year was 2,979, an uptick of nearly 6,700 from the year before.
The state recorded a total number in 2016 of 4.35 million people, a decrease of 1.39 million from the last year.