20 Non-Suicide Gun Deaths Statewide

In a 2021 vs 2020 comparison of January through August, non-suicide gun deaths almost doubled (see chart below).

Gun injuries across the state have increased even more in this same time frame.

From a statistical standpoint, this is not suprising, given the massive surge in Rhode Island FBI NICS firearm background checks that began in March of 2020.

RI Gun Violence – Jan-Aug – 2014-2021

January-AugustNon-Suicide Gun DeathsGun Injuries
20212540
20201115
2019624
2018745
2017153
2016354
2015446
2014644

Source: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/query
Table formatted by RICAGV.

RI NICS were already booming before COVID-19

From 2013-2019 Rhode Island averaged 24,380 per year; 2020 total was 51,369.

NICS Background checks - Rhode Island 1999-2020