Gun Deaths Outpace Car Deaths in Nevada; Both Down

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Researchers say Nevada deaths involving guns have once again outpaced deaths involving motor vehicles, although both types of deaths have declined over a five-year period.

The Violence Policy Center counted 376 gun-related deaths in Nevada in 2011, including 272 suicides and 84 homicides. That compares with 281 motor vehicle-related deaths, including people who were riding in a car or pedestrians hit by a car.

The center's statistics show the two categories were more comparable in 2007, when the state had 414 gun-related deaths and 410 vehicle-related deaths.

Nevada is one of 14 states in which there were more gun-related deaths than vehicle-related deaths in 2011.

The Violence Policy Center calls gun violence a public health crisis and supports stricter gun control.

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