The NSSF released a handy PDF highlighting information on unintentional firearms injuries and fatalities:
Unintentional Firearms Fatalities Remain at Historically Low Levels
Data released by the National Safety Council demonstrates that unintentional firearms-related fatalities continue to remain at historically low levels. In fact, in the last two decades, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities has declined by 57 percent — from 1,409 unintentional fatalities
in 1992 to 600* in 2012.
Emphasis mine. It should be noted that these 600 fatalities in 2012 are spread across all ages from <1 to 85
- Firearms-related fatalities in the U.S. have been decreasing consistently since record keeping began in 1903 and dramatically in the last 20 years.
- In the last 20 years (2002 – 2012), the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities involving children 14 years of age and under has decreased by 73 percent.
- Unintentional firearms-related fatalities are substantially lower than the number of unintentional fatalities caused by many other forms of injury.
- Firearms are involved in 1.4 percent of unintentional fatalities among children 14 years of age and under and
are among the least likely causes of unintentional fatality.
- In the past 10 years, firearms-related fatalities in the home have dropped by 20 percent, and by 60 percent in the
last 20 years.
- Firearms are involved in fewer than a ½-percent (0.43-percent) of all unintentional fatalities in the United
- Hunting is one of the safest activities in America.
- As firearms safety education programs have increased, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities
- Over the last decade, the rate of unintentional firearms-related fatalities has declined by 33 percent (from 0.3 in 2002 to 0.2* in 2012)
You can do a year-by-year total for fatalities by going to the CDC WISQARS database and selecting “Manner of fatality: Unintentional” and “Method: Firearm” and seeing the exact numbers for yourself.
Sourced from the NSSF: http://nssf.org/PDF/research/IIR_InjuryStatistics2014.pdf – mirrored here