Study says Hawaii has lowest gun death rate in the US

Published: Jan. 5, 2016 at 12:55 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2016 at 4:08 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second year in a row, a study finds Hawaii has the lowest gun death rate in the nation.

The Violence Policy Center counted just under three deaths for every 100,000 people in 2014 when just 12.5 percent of Hawaii households had firearms.

Rhode Island was the state with the second lowest gun death rate.

The highest rates were in Louisiana and Alaska, where 56% of households have guns.

State gun death rates are calculated by dividing the number of gun deaths by the total state population and multiplying the result by 100,000 to obtain the rate per 100,000, which is the standard and accepted method for comparing fatal levels of gun violence.

For the list of gun death rates in all 50 states, click here.

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