Hawaii Firearm Permits at Record High in 2011
By Wendy Osher
Fire permit applications in Hawaii were at an all-time record high in 2011, according to an annual report released by the state Attorney General.
A total of 15,375 private firearm permit applications were processed statewide. That translates to a 20.1% increase from the record set the previous year of 12,801 applications processed in 2010.
According to the report, 94% of the applications processed in 2011 were approved and resulted in issued permits; 4.5% were approved but subsequently voided after the applicants failed to return for their permits within a specified time period; and 1.5% were rejected due to one or more disqualifying factors.
The 14,460 permits issued statewide in 2011 cover a record high total of 36,804 firearms registered in Hawai’i, marking a 17.2% increase from 2010.
Here on Maui, the County processed 18% more applications and rejected 100% more applications than expected. In Maui County, there were a total of 1,965 Applications Processed; 1,842 Applications Approved/Permits Issued; 73 Applications Approved/Permits Voided; 50 Applications Rejected; 2.5% Rejection Rate; 4,569 Firearms Registered; and 2,108 Firearms Imported.