Hawai`i Can’t Even Count Registered Guns

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — It might be easy to understand why a state would have no idea how many illegal, or unregistered weapons were floating around its borders. But it comes as a bit of a surprise to discover that the state of Hawaii actually does not know how many weapons have been registered with the state and are legally owned by its citizens. But, according to a newly released study, the state indeed does not have an accurate count, and worse says there is no reliable way to find out. The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau study shows an average of 32 percent of all murders in the state involved firearms from 1994 to 2017. That figure compares with an average of nearly 60 percent during the same period across the entire country. The state attorney general’s office counted nearly 450,000 new firearm registrations from 2007 to 2017, and “cautiously” estimates that Hawaii has about 2 million privately owned guns.

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