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Gun deaths in Oklahoma: Trends, laws and survival


August 8, 2019

A glimpse from 2016 into a bucketful of confiscated guns in the Oklahoma City Police Department's property room. Photo by Michael Willmus, Oklahoma City

Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend have put gun deaths and firearm laws back in the spotlight.

Oklahoma's last major mass shooting event was in 1986, when 14 people were killed at an Edmond post office. But the state's death rate from guns used in both suicide and homicide has been rising and a major loosening of gun regulations is upon us when the state's new "permitless carry" law goes into effect Nov. 1.

How many Oklahomans die each year in gun deaths?

In the last decade, an average of 589 Oklahomans died each year from guns. By far, the largest share of those deaths was f...

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