HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - An annual report by the Department of the Attorney General found that there were 23 percent fewer permit and registration applications for firearms last year.
In total,16,443 permits for guns were issued in the Aloha State, covering over 40,000 firearms registered throughout 2017. Permit applications decreased by 23 percent, and firearm registrations decreased by 24 percent, compared to 2016.
About half of the firearms registered last year were imported from outside of the state.
96 percent of the applications processed in 2017 were approved and resulted in issued permits. An additional two percent were approved, but then later denied, after applicants didn't return to retrieve their permits in the allotted time.
Applicants whose permit applications were denied in 2017 included people with mental health diagnoses or treatment histories, those with convictions or pending cases for certain criminal offenses, and people who applied within one year of becoming a certified medical marijuana patient.