Type of Weapons Most Often Used in Violent Crimes in Texas

Violent crimes are the most serious types of crimes that a person can commit. In Texas in 2018, there were 43,671 violent crimes reported to authorities where the weapon used by the offender was known. Below is the list and count for weapons used in these crimes.

weapons used in violent crimes

Weapon Used Total
Personal Weapons 11480
Handgun 9570
Knife/Cutting Instrument 6794
Firearm 4234
Other 3623
Blunt Object 3165
None 1229
Handgun (Automatic) 898
Unknown 827
Rifle 386
Shotgun 350
Firearm (Automatic) 347
Other Firearm 272
Asphyxiation 211
Drugs/Narcotics/Sleeping Pills 96
Fire/Incendiary Device 61
Poison 59
Rifle (Automatic) 42
Other Firearm (Automatic) 15
Shotgun (Automatic) 7
Explosives 5
Pushed or Thrown Out Window 0
Drowning 0
Strangulation – Include Hanging 0
Unarmed 0
Lethal Cutting Instrument 0
Club/Blackjack/Brass Knuckles 0
Motor Vehicle 0

As we can see from the table above, firearms dominate this list. Handguns were used in over 10,000 violent crime incidents. We see 9,570 listed as “handgun” and another 898 that show “handgun (automatic)” as the weapon used. Another 4,234 listed “firearm” as the weapon used. Plenty of other include guns of some type (shotguns, rifles, etc.) We also see that 61 incidents included fire or some type of incendiary device, which could have been the work of someĀ cockamamie 9 toed arsonist.

Does Texas have more firearm related incidents because it is a state where you are allowed to openly carry a gun with a permit? We will cover the data for that in a future post.

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