Issues

Gun deaths and injuries in Minnesota: The Problem

In Minnesota from 1989 to 2010, over 7,000 Minnesotans died from gunshot wounds. Nearly 9,000 have been injured, many severely, just since 1998. In 2010 alone, 353 Minnesotans died from gunshot wounds. (For some perspective, 131 Minnesotans died that year in alcohol-related traffic crashes.)

Although these are high numbers, Minnesota has one of the lower rates of gun death in the United States. This is attributable in part to a state background check law that requires buyers of pistols and assault weapons from licensed sellers to pass a background check.

We have a shared responsibility to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Despite similar rates of violent crime, the United States has a 7 times higher rate of homicide than 22 other wealthy nations combined, and that rate is driven by a firearm homicide rate 20 times higher. The United States' vastly higher murder rate is a result of easy access to guns by people who should not have them.

Gun deaths and injuries in Minnesota: The Solutions
Join the PROTECT Minnesota campaign. We support:

  • Requiring more consistent background checks for gun sales and transfers - not just when the seller is federally licensed. Did you know that Minnesotans can legally buy guns without background checks in many places, such as gun shows?
    More about background checks.
  • Getting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines out of circulation.
  • Storing firearms securely to prevent theft, injury, and suicide.
    More about safe storage and suicide risks.
  • Stopping illegal gun trafficking.
    More about illegal gun trafficking.

Sign the Protect Minnesota Resolution here.

What can you do to help?

  1. Advocate.
    • Bring the resolution to a community, group, local official, church, or city council to sign.
  2. Donate.
  3. Educate.

Is it possible to make change?

Yes. There are already efforts underway to change policy. To learn more about our work and how you can help, sign up for our email newsletter.

For more information on how to get involved at the national level in preventing gun deaths and injuries, and for more information about research, go to: