Study: Number of registered guns in Hawaii unknown

  • This photo taken Nov. 19, 2015, shows a woman looking at a H&K P2000sk. ( Jeremy Long/Lebanon Daily News via AP)

HONOLULU — Hawaii does not have an accurate count of legally owned and registered guns, and there is no reliable way to find out how many are in the state, according to a state study.

The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau study shows an average of 32 percent of all murders in the state involved firearms from 1994 to 2017, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.


The national average was nearly 60 percent during the same period.

The state attorney general’s office counted nearly 450,000 new firearm registrations from 2007 to 2017, according to the study. The office “cautiously” estimated that Hawaii has about 2 million privately owned guns.

“Police departments’ firearm registration records date back to at least the 1920s, and it would be a monumental task of limited practical value to determine which persons and firearms still exist in Hawaii,” the office said the report.

The Honolulu Police Department maintains firearm registrations dating back to 1932, recording 728,177 guns owned by 103,592 people on Oahu, according to the report.

Kauai police reported 20,034 registered firearms. Maui officials said in the report that their firearm registrations before the mid-1980s are not recorded electronically, noting a manual count “is not feasible.”

Big Island officials did not give a gun estimate for the report. A gun could be registered each time it is bought and sold, and gun owners could move out of state, making it difficult to obtain an accurate count of registered firearms, officials said.


State lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a so-called red flag law, which would temporarily prevent people from possessing guns.

The measure would create a process for police or family members to petition a court to prevent a person from accessing firearms if that person “poses a danger of causing bodily injury to oneself or another.”

  1. Buds4All February 8, 2019 10:41 am

    How much Weed do the legislators smoke? – ”
    State lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a so-called red flag law, which would temporarily prevent people from possessing guns.” This would never fly!

    1. KonaRich February 9, 2019 7:30 am

      There is no such thing as a temporary law when it come to these clowns in legislative garb.


      An outward appearance; a guise: presented their radical ideas in the garb of moderation.

  2. Pest Outwest February 8, 2019 10:41 am

    So then what’s point in hassling law abiding citizens with registration in the first place, if they can’t even keep track? And what’s the point at all, in the first place? None, just another way the state exercises its authority to deny lawful rights it doesn’t approve of.

  3. onceawarrior February 8, 2019 7:19 pm

    Guns are always trouble …..

    1. Kaipo Wall February 8, 2019 7:53 pm

      Especially when you don’t have one and you really need one

      1. onceawarrior February 9, 2019 8:04 am

        Yes. That is one trouble.

  4. Sara Steiner-jackson February 9, 2019 6:59 am

    So what the fuk have the police been doing all these years giving out gun registrations? Throwing them in the circular file?


  5. KonaRich February 9, 2019 3:57 pm

    Knowing this if the jack boot police in full riot gear show up on my doorstep they won’t know if I’m armed? Neat!!

  6. antifaHI February 9, 2019 9:04 pm

    Register and limit sales of all bullets in the State. Can be done without infringing on the Second Amendment. Done. Better, raise legal age of gun ownership to 100.

    1. numbah10 February 10, 2019 5:11 pm

      Good thing I have a few thousand rounds for each caliber stashed away just in case liberals get frisky.

    2. CongressWorksForUs February 11, 2019 7:31 am

      I hope you realize that the day you will truly understand the reason the 2nd Amendment exists, is the day you try this crap…

      1. antifaHI February 12, 2019 3:27 am

        Happens already in the voting booth 🙂

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