Hawaii firearm registrations down after 2013 record high

Hawaii firearm registrations down after 2013 record high

HONOLULU (AP) - The number of firearms registered in Hawaii last year decreased after several years of steady increases.

The state attorney general's office said Wednesday about 48,000 firearms were registered during 2014. That's a 20.5 percent decrease from the previous year's record high of about 61,000.

The amount of registered firearms decreased in all counties except Kauai, where there was a slight increase.

Permit applications processed last year decreased for the first time since 2006.

Hawaii is the only state that registers firearms on a statewide level.

The permit allows someone to purchase a firearm, transport it to a shooting range or gunsmith or use it for hunting. Carrying a gun in public in Hawaii requires a license that's approved sparingly by county police chiefs.

No carry license was approved in the state last year.

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