Firearms hospitalizations in Illinois average 13 per 100,000 residents yearly | Illinois

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(The Center Square) – The number of hospitalizations due to firearms use in Illinois between the years 2000 and 2016 averaged 13 per 100,000 people, representing a tie for the seventh highest level among the 50 states, according to a RAND Corp. analysis.

RAND researchers developed the new database on gun injuries this year using records of admitted patients as well as state health department information. Not included in the numbers are visits to emergency rooms that do not lead to hospital stays and gun injuries that didn’t result in requests for medical care.

Nationwide, RAND found that firearms use led to 547,821 inpatient hospitalizations in the United States over the period from 2000 to 2016.

The analysis, which is part of RAND’s Gun Policy in America initiative, concluded that the firearms hospitalizations varied substantially among the states, but the overall level of hospitalizations across the country was relatively stable. 

Average Annual Firearms Hospitalizations by State

Rank State # of Firearms Hospitalizations per 100,000
1 Louisiana 24
2 Tennessee 18
3 (tie) Alabama 16
3 (tie) Maryland 16
3 (tie) Missouri 16
6 Michigan 14
7 (tie) Arizona 13
7 (tie) Georgia 13
7 (tie) Illinois 13
7 (tie) Mississippi 13
7 (tie) North Carolina 13
7 (tie) South Carolina 13
13 (tie) Arkansas 12
13 (tie) California 12
13 (tie) Delaware 12
13 (tie) Nevada 12
13 (tie) Pennsylvania 12
18 (tie) Florida 11
18 (tie) Oklahoma 11
20 (tie) Indiana 10
20 (tie) Kansas 10
20 (tie) Ohio 10
20 (tie) Texas 10
20 (tie) West Virginia 10
25 (tie) Alaska 9
25 (tie) Kentucky 9
27 (tie) New Jersey 8
27 (tie) New Mexico 8
27 (tie) New York 8
27 (tie) Virginia 8
31 (tie) Colorado 7
31 (tie) Connecticut 7
31 (tie) Nebraska 7
31 (tie) Wisconsin 7
35 (tie) Oregon 6
35 (tie) Rhode Island 6
35 (tie) Washington 6
38 (tie) Idaho 5
38 (tie) Massachusetts 5
38 (tie) Minnesota 5
38 (tie) Montana 5
38 (tie) South Dakota 5
38 (tie) Utah 5
38 (tie) Wyoming 5
45 (tie) Iowa 4
45 (tie) North Dakota 4
47 (tie) Maine 3
47 (tie) New Hampshire 3
47 (tie) Vermont 3
50 Hawaii 2

Source: RAND Corp.



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