Between 2016 and 2021, law enforcement agencies recovered an estimated 45,240 untraceable “ghost guns.”1Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, “Justice Department Announces New Rule to Modernize Firearm Definitions,” April 11, 2022, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-new-rule-modernize-firearm-definitions.
Over twice as many people are killed when mass shootings involve an assault weapon.1Everytown Research & Policy, “Mass Shootings in America,” March 2023,https://everytownresearch.org/maps/mass-shootings-in-america/.
Every year, more than 43,000 Americans are killed with a firearm.1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund, “EveryStat: United States,” https://everystat.org/. Based on analysis of 2019 HCUP nonfatal injury data.