According to the FBI’s uniform crime report, rifles are the least used class of weapon by any kind of killer in the United States. Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia reported ZERO killings by rifle in 2010.
The state with the highest rifle killings in 2010 was California where assault rifles are banned. If you look at the data, every state in the US reported more killings by ‘knives or cutting instruments’ — with the exceptions of Alaska and Wyoming.
The FBI has yet to release 2011’s ‘by state, types of weapons’ report.