Study: U.S. gun death rates hit highest levels in decades

A collection of illegal guns is displayed during a gun buyback event in the Brooklyn borough of New York in this 2021 file photo. Individuals received pre-paid card payments of $25 up to $250 for firearms – with a bonus iPad for certain handguns or assault rifles, at the no-questions-asked event, co-sponsored by state and county attorney generals and the NYPD. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

NEW YORK – The U.S. gun death rate last year hit its highest mark in nearly three decades, and the rate among women has been growing faster than that of men, according to study published Tuesday.

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