A record high of 36,804 firearms were registered in Hawaii in 2011, a 17.2 percent increase from the year before, according to the Department of the Attorney General.
Just under half, 48.8 percent, of the firearms registered during 2011 were imported from out-of-state. The remainder of the registered firearms were already in Hawaii.
The number of personal and private firearm permit applications processed last year was 15,375 -- another record. That was a 20.1 percent increase from the previous record set in 2010.
Of the applications processed, 94 percent were approved and resulted in issued permits; 4.5 percent were approved but subsequently voided after applicants failed to return for their permits within a specified time period; and 1.5 percent were rejected due to one or more disqualifying factors.
State officials said firearm registration activity increased dramatically over the course of the twelve years.
From 2000 through 2011, the number of permit applications processed annually climbed 136.9 percent, the number of firearms registered soared 170.3 percent, and the number of firearms imported surged 148.3 percent.
The vast majority of rejections in Hawaii during 2011 were for longarm permit applications, which covers rifles and shotguns. 88.7 percent of rejections last year were for longarm permits.
The full report can be seen at this link.