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Firearm Registrations in Hawaii, 2002

NCJ Number
Paul Perrone
Date Published
February 2003
7 pages
State law requires that Hawaii's county police departments provide to Hawaii's Department of the Attorney General a monthly report of firearm registration activity; this report presents the statistics for calendar year 2002.
A total of 6,990 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2002, a 2.4-percent increase from the 6,829 applications processed in 2001. Of the applications processed in 2002, 95.1 percent (6,646) were approved and resulted in issued permits; 3.4 percent were approved but subsequently voided after the applicants failed to return for their permits within a specified time period; and 1.5 percent (103) were rejected due to 1 or more disqualifying factors. The proportion of rejections declined by 2 percent compared with 2001. The permits issued in 2002 covered 15,822 firearms registered. Approximately half of these firearms were imported from out of State, with the remainder accounted for by in-State transfers. In Hawaii, annual permits are issued in order to acquire an unlimited number of longarms, and one-time permits are issued to acquire specific handguns. Over half (54.9 percent) of the permits issued in 2002 were annual longarm permits, and 45.1 percent were permits to acquire handguns. This report compares firearm registration by county and provides detailed data on registration activity over time, rejections, confiscations, and licenses to carry concealed firearms in public (239 employees of security firms). 3 tables


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