The purpose of this report is to provide information on firearm-related deaths among Arizona residents. The data for 1997 are placed in a temporal context by comparison with the data for the preceding 10 years.


In this report, firearm-related fatalities are defined according to the ICD as an underlying cause of death coded as:

Data on the number and characteristics of firearm-related fatalities among Arizona residents were obtained from the death certificates filed with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Population denominators for Arizona residents, used to calculate rates, are projections from the Population Statistics Unit in the Arizona Department of Economic Security (data for 1986-1989 and 1993-1997) and the U.S. Census Bureau (data for 1990 and data by ethnic group for 1997). Detailed population data by gender, age and county were unavailable for 1991-1992. In order to obtain the population denominators for these two years, the 1990 percentages of population breakdowns (or census shares) by age group and gender were applied to 1991 and 1992 total state or county population estimates published by the DES.

Prepared and made Web-ready by Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D., Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics, and Jose Jimenez,M.P.H., Senior Research Data Analyst

Office of Epidemiology and Statistics
Bureau of Public Health Statistics
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phone: (602) 542-7333
FAX: (602) 542-2940

Date: 7/16/99