NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a story Sept. 14 about accidental shooting deaths, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on incorrect information from the Tennessee Department of Health, the number of accidental shooting deaths in Tennessee in 2014. There were five such deaths in the state in 2014, not 105. That number represented a sharp decline compared with previous years, not an increase. The story also erroneously reported that Tennessee’s figure was highest in the nation.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Data: Fewer accidental fatal shootings in Tennessee in 2014
Data shows a steep drop in the number of accidental shooting deaths in Tennessee in 2014.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Officials say five people died in Tennessee from accidental gunshot wounds in 2014, a sharp decline from previous years.
According to the state Department of Health, there were 19 such deaths in Tennessee in 2013. In 2012, there were 24, and in both 2011 and 2010, there were 31 such deaths.
Health officials said in a news release Thursday that incorrect data provided earlier indicated the number of fatal accidental shootings in the state had drastically increased from 19 in 2013 to 105 in 2014.
Officials are encouraging all firearm owners to take the proper training necessary to reduce the risk of accidents.