NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths

The recently released National Safety Council report entitled “Injury Facts-2017 Edition” shows a 17 percent decrease in fatal accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015. Essentially this National Safety Council report shows an all-time low in accidental gun deaths in the United States.

The Injury Facts report is the annual statistics gathered by the National Safety Council, a nongovernmental public service organization, of unintentional injuries and deaths for the workplace, motor vehicle, home, community, and state as well as the costs associated with these statistics.

In the period from 2014 to 2015 there were 489 accidental firearms deaths in America, representing less than four-tenths of 1 percent of all accidental deaths from all causes in that time frame. In that same period from 2014 to 2015 the total number of accidental deaths in the US rose about 8 percent. The 17 percent decline in the gun death category is the largest percentage decline of any of the categories in the report.

The 2017 National Safety Council injury report shows that the top cause of unintentional death of adults in America is poisoning. This statistic includes prescription drugs, drug overdose and drug interactions.

You can purchase the report here at the National Safety Council website, NSC.org and Amazon.



Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


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  • M.M.D.C.

    Trigger discipline hounds of the world, rejoice!

    Also, that is one depressing banner they have there.

    • Dougscamo

      Yep….stay safe so you can make it into the “red”….

    • mazkact

      Stay vigilant my friends.

  • uncle bobedy

    Ruh roh, anti-gun peeps are gonna need to pour on an extra helping of BS or emotional diatribes to overcome a 17% drop in their “facts”! Maybe their next trick is explain their position once you remove suicides from their statistics?

    • Dougscamo

      The same way that they touted the numbers of volunteers in the Armed Services that had not previously handled firearms….Evidence of Declining Gun Use in America….

  • Henry Reed

    But what is the reduction from the year BEFORE 2014? Maybe 2014-15 was in irregular spike in idiocy?

  • lurpy

    Meanwhile an NRA employee shot himself during training at headquarters. Guess it’s hard to keep up with the trends when you hire for politics and not competence.