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The City in Minnesota Where the Most Guns Are Linked to Crime

imageForEntry15 mPYThe United States is the only country in the world with more civilian-owned firearms than people. While most of the nearly 400 million firearms in the U.S. belong to law-abiding citizens, some portion of them inevitably end up in the wrong hands.

Every year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives traces hundreds of thousands of firearms that were either used, or are suspected to have been used, to commit a crime. While not all firearms used in criminal acts are traced, ATF data reveals that in every state, there is at least one city that appears to account for a disproportionate share of crimes involving a firearm.

The ATF traced a total of 4,598 firearms in Minnesota in 2021. Of those, 1,183, or 25.7%, of all guns traced in the state were linked to crimes in Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Minneapolis accounts for only 7.5% of the state’s total population, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey.

Saint Paul accounted for the second largest share of firearm tracings in the state in 2021, at 15.3%, while Brooklyn Park ranked third, accounting for 3.8% of all firearms traced by the ATF that year. Saint Paul and Brooklyn Park make up 5.5% and 1.5% of Minnesota’s total population, respectively.

All firearm trace data is from the ATF and total firearms traced by state includes only those in which a city or town was identified.

State City with the most firearms linked to crime, 2021 Firearms linked to crime in city, 2021 Share of total state-wide traces from city, 2021 (%) Share of total state pop. in city, 2021 (%)
Alabama Mobile 1,694 19.2 3.8
Alaska Anchorage 386 48.4 39.8
Arizona Phoenix 4,317 35.7 22.5
Arkansas Little Rock 1,088 30.7 6.7
California Los Angeles 8,036 14.8 9.9
Colorado Denver 1,854 26.3 12.3
Connecticut Hartford 349 21.6 3.4
Delaware Wilmington 524 31.2 7.2
Florida Jacksonville 3,197 9.3 4.4
Georgia Atlanta 4,083 20.0 4.6
Hawaii Honolulu 30 26.1 24.2
Idaho Boise 338 24.7 12.8
Illinois Chicago 9,584 50.0 21.4
Indiana Indianapolis 4,629 44.8 13.0
Iowa Des Moines 596 23.2 6.7
Kansas Wichita 1,718 40.0 13.5
Kentucky Louisville 2,977 43.8 14.0
Louisiana New Orleans 2,017 14.6 8.2
Maine Portland 91 17.7 5.0
Maryland Baltimore 2,631 26.7 9.6
Massachusetts Boston 888 27.6 9.6
Michigan Detroit 7,644 62.0 6.4
Minnesota Minneapolis 1,183 25.7 7.5
Mississippi Gulfport 533 11.3 2.4
Missouri St. Louis 3,378 33.1 4.9
Montana Billings 286 24.1 10.7
Nebraska Omaha 1,272 56.8 25.0
Nevada Las Vegas 5,110 75.9 20.7
New Hampshire Manchester 385 54.6 8.4
New Jersey Newark 570 12.2 3.3
New Mexico Albuquerque 2,418 58.8 26.7
New York New York City 5,150 50.0 43.4
North Carolina Charlotte 3,837 16.7 8.3
North Dakota Fargo 189 24.7 16.2
Ohio Columbus 3,763 18.2 7.6
Oklahoma Tulsa 2,054 38.7 10.4
Oregon Portland 1,339 24.5 15.4
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 6,113 39.9 12.3
Rhode Island Providence 329 49.4 17.3
South Carolina Columbia 1,782 16.9 2.7
South Dakota Rapid City 446 53.6 8.4
Tennessee Memphis 6,440 41.5 9.2
Texas Houston 11,600 25.5 7.9
Utah Salt Lake City 456 15.2 6.2
Vermont Burlington 39 16.0 7.0
Virginia Richmond 1,341 11.0 2.6
Washington Seattle 666 11.9 9.5
West Virginia Charleston 424 25.0 2.7
Wisconsin Milwaukee 3,454 48.9 9.8
Wyoming Casper 73 24.6 10.2
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