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In 2012, permits totaled 21,864, an increase from 15,375 permits issued in 2011. However, firearms registrations in 2012 were at a tremendous 50,394, up 73 percent from the previous record high in 2011 of 36,804. Since the year 2000, permits have soared an astonishing 336.9 percent and registrations have gone up 370.1 percent.
According to the report, “The violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii decreased 4.8% in 2011, and the property Index Crime rate decreased 4.9%, reaching its lowest level on record for the State of Hawaii.” Those violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft and vehicle theft. Total crime for the state was down nine percent for 2011, setting record lows across the board.
And those law-abiding gun owners will go to great lengths to ensure that they are able to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights in the state, where it’s not unusual to wait in line for as long as nine hours to either obtain or turn in paperwork for a permit. Registering a handgun takes even greater perseverance, as the law requires three trips to the police department and two trips to the store where the gun was purchased in order to obtain a permit.
Although there is no way to track the number of firearms that permanently leave the state,
independent estimates made during the late-1990s by the Department of the Attorney General and the
City & County of Honolulu Police Department placed the total number of privately owned firearms in
Hawaii at roughly one million.
Four private citizens applied for a concealed carry license in the City & County of Honolulu, and one applied in Maui County, and all five were denied at the discretion of the respective county police chief
During 2012, the Maui Police Department’s firearm registration section confiscated one legally prohibited firearm; a rifle with a defaced serial number.