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County gun registrations spike in 2012

March 28, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The total number of registered firearms in Maui County jumped nearly 50 percent to a record 6,791 firearms in 2012, according to a state attorney general's report.

The number of firearm applications processed in 2012 for the county also reached record highs, jumping 41 percent compared to 2011, according to the report "Firearm Registrations in Hawai'i, 2012" released recently. A total of 2,777 firearms applications were processed in 2012, compared to the previous record 1,965 in 2011.

The rate of increase in applications was the highest in a decade for Maui County, growing from 870 applications processed in 2002.

Although the numbers of applications and registered firearms have increased significantly in recent years, the report noted that "the trend for firearm-related violence crimes has remained fairly stable" and decreased substantially during the 2008-12 period of large increases in registration activity. The data does not show a correlation between increased weapons ownership and registrations and increases in firearm-related violent crimes.



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