Data: Tennessee led country in fatal accidental shootings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Data shows that Tennessee led the nation in the number of accidental shooting deaths in 2014.

Citing recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Safe Tennessee Project, a grassroots gun-violence prevention organization, said in a news release that 105 people died in the state from accidental gunshots in 2014.

The year before that, there were 19 such deaths in Tennessee, and the state had ranked ninth in accidental shootings.

Beth Joslin Roth, spokeswoman for the Safe Tennessee Project, says that because the increase was so dramatic, they first asked the CDC and state health officials to check the numbers for accuracy. Those figures were then confirmed.

The group’s research shows that the increase in deaths was reflected across all age ranges.

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This story has been corrected to show that the name of the Safe Tennessee Project spokeswoman is Beth Joslin Roth, not Beth Joslin Roslin.

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