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How Many Guns Are Traced to Crimes in Minnesota

imageForEntry20 Zs4Crimes committed with firearms – particularly homicide – are a growing problem in the United States. Over 19,000 people were murdered with a gun nationwide in 2020, up 35% from the previous year. These murders were on top of the more than 100,000 cases of aggravated assault and 43,000 cases of robbery involving guns.

Many of the guns used in these crimes were reported by local law enforcement to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for tracing to aid in crime investigation and criminal prosecution. All told, the ATF traced nearly 390,000 firearms in 2020 alone.

Guns that are traced by the ATF are typically those found at a crime scene – and that either have been used, or are suspected to have been used, to commit a crime – though it is important to note that not all firearms used in a crime are traced.

In Minnesota, the ATF traced a total of 4,020 firearms in 2021 – or 71.8 for every 100,000 people, the 13th fewest among states.

The largest share of guns reported to the ATF in the state – 1,524 in total – were chambered for 9mm ammunition. The second most common firearm type was .22 caliber, with 435 traced by the ATF.

Rank State Guns traced per 100k people, 2021 Total guns traced, 2021 Most common type traced 2nd most common type traced 3rd most common type traced
1 Louisiana 236.7 11,041 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
2 Nevada 203.4 6,164 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
3 Tennessee 191.5 12,970 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
4 North Carolina 182.7 18,973 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
5 South Carolina 182.6 9,295 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
6 Georgia 182.3 19,172 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
7 New Mexico 169.6 3,557 9mm .40 Cal .40 Cal
8 Alabama 160.8 7,868 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
9 Missouri 156.7 9,598 9mm .40 Cal .45 Cal
10 Mississippi 154.1 4,596 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
11 Delaware 154.1 1,491 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
12 Arizona 152.7 10,952 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
13 Maryland 146.9 8,872 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
14 Virginia 141.4 12,033 9mm .40 Cal .45 Cal
15 Ohio 141.1 16,472 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
16 Indiana 135.1 9,049 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
17 Kentucky 133.1 5,941 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
18 Texas 133.1 38,109 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
19 Florida 127.1 26,966 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
20 Kansas 125.7 3,661 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
21 Oregon 123.0 5,138 9mm .22 Cal .45 Cal
22 West Virginia 120.7 2,181 9mm .22 Cal .380 Cal
23 Montana 118.6 1,259 .22 Cal 9mm .45 Cal
24 Illinois 117.2 14,897 9mm .40 Cal .45 Cal
25 Colorado 114.6 6,516 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
26 California 113.6 44,709 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
27 Michigan 113.3 11,301 9mm .40 Cal .45 Cal
28 Arkansas 111.4 3,355 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
29 Nebraska 111.2 2,140 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
30 Alaska 110.6 815 9mm .22 Cal .45 Cal
31 Pennsylvania 108.0 13,823 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
32 North Dakota 104.8 797 9mm .22 Cal 12GA
33 Wisconsin 101.5 5,892 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
34 South Dakota 88.1 775 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
35 Utah 87.8 2,767 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
36 Oklahoma 86.0 3,397 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
37 Iowa 80.8 2,546 9mm .22 Cal .380 Cal
38 Minnesota 71.8 4,020 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
39 Washington 70.7 5,310 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
40 Idaho 70.1 1,229 9mm .22 Cal .45 Cal
41 Vermont 50.3 314 9mm .22 Cal 12GA
42 New Hampshire 47.2 640 9mm .22 Cal .380 Cal
43 New Jersey 46.8 4,161 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
44 Maine 45.3 608 9mm .22 Cal 12GA
45 Wyoming 43.7 254 9mm .22 Cal .45 Cal
46 Rhode Island 39.1 414 9mm .40 Cal .22 Cal
47 New York 36.8 7,187 9mm .380 Cal .22 Cal
48 Connecticut 31.7 1,133 9mm .22 Cal .40 Cal
49 Massachusetts 26.6 1,830 9mm .40 Cal .380 Cal
50 Hawaii 10.2 145 9mm .22 Cal .45 Cal
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