NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee is now first in the nation for fatal accidental shootings, according to the Safe Tennessee Project, a nonpartisan gun-violence prevention organization.
The group cites recent data from the Centers for Disease Control. Tennessee previously ranked 9th based on statistics from 2013, when 19 people died in accidental shootings.
That number jumped to 105 in 2014, according to the group.
“We’ve actually been aware of the new numbers for several months, but the increase was so dramatic that we wanted to confirm the numbers before reporting them,” said Beth Joslin Roth, Policy Director for The Safe Tennessee Project. “We reached out to the CDC who explained that the numbers in their national database were uploaded directly from the state health departments. We then reached out to the Tennessee Department of Health who checked their records and verified that the numbers were in fact correct.”
Safe Tennessee Project tracks media reports of accidental shootings in the state via an online database.