Report on firearm deaths in Maine show many are suicides

By Andrew Cromarty
August 6th, 2022

More than 85 percent of all firearm deaths in 2020 in the state of Maine were suicides, according to a report submitted by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2020, 154 people were killed with firearms in Maine: 132 died by suicide; 19 were shot by someone else; and three were shot accidentally. An additional 39 people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and survived, per the report.

Prior to the new annual report, there had not been a mechanism for gathering comprehensive data on firearm injuries and deaths readily available to the public. State Rep. Lori Gramlich (D-13th District ) fronted a bill in 2021 requiring the Maine Department of Health and Human Services ...

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