Number of registered firearms in HI increase as more people seek permits

Published: May. 3, 2017 at 9:27 PM HST|Updated: May. 3, 2017 at 10:40 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of the Attorney General released new numbers from 2016 that show an increase in registered firearms in Hawaii.

There were some 53,400 registered firearms statewide last year. That's a 14.1 percent jump in registered firearms in the state since 2015.

As the number of personal firearm grew, so did the number of processed firearms applications.

Statewide, 21,408 personal firearm permits were processed, which is an 8.4 percent increase from the previous year.

Of the 21,408 applications processed in 2016, majority of them were approved while only 920 permit applications were rejected.

Some 197 of the rejected application found false information regarding criminal history and mental health records.

Providing falsified information on firearms permit applications is a misdemeanor in Hawaii. If the information falsified regards criminal or mental health records, are falsified, it becomes a felony offense.

Applicants with documented mental health conditions, medical marijuana patients and those with a history of substance abuse mostly made up the group that was denied permits.

For more information on firearm statistics, click here.

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