Special Reports: 2013-2014 Release Dates

Reports arranged chronologically, newest at top

FIREARM REGISTRATIONS IN HAWAII, 2013

April 3, 2014 – The Department of the Attorney General released its annual report detailing statewide and county firearm registration statistics for calendar year 2013.

A record total of 22,765 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2013, marking a 4.6% increase over the 21,864 applications processed in 2012. Of the applications processed in 2013, 94.6% were approved and resulted in issued permits; 4.3% were approved but subsequently voided after the applicants failed to return for their permits within the specified time period; and 1.0% were denied due to one or more disqualifying factors.

The 21,544 permits issued statewide in 2013 cover a total of 60,757 firearms registered in the State, a major, 20.6% increase from the previous record of 50,394 firearms registered in 2012. Just over half (30,802, or 50.7%) of the firearms registered during 2013 were imported from out-of-state, with the remainder (29,955, or 49.3%) accounted for by transfers of firearms that were previously registered in Hawaii.

Firearm registration activity continued to increase in 2013 continuing a pattern that has been recorded over the course of the 14 years for which these data have been compiled and reported. From 2000 through 2013, the number of statewide permit applications processed increased 350.8%, the number of firearms registered increased 446.2%, and the number of firearms imported increased 426.1%.

While there has been an increase in firearm registration activity in Hawaii since 2000, the number of firearm-related violent crimes and the proportion of violent crimes involving firearms relative to other weapon types remained low and stable through 2007 and subsequently decreased.

It is a misdemeanor in the State of Hawaii to provide falsified information on firearm permit applications, unless the falsified information pertains to criminal or mental health histories, in which case it is a felony offense (Hawaii Revised Statutes section 134-17). In 2013, falsified criminal or mental health information or both were provided in 75.4% (175) of the 232 denial cases; falsified information pertaining to anything other than criminal or mental health histories was provided in 0.4% (1) of the cases; and no falsified information was provided in 24.1% (56) of the cases. The report also provides both categorized and itemized reasons for the denials.


  HATE CRIMES IN HAWAII, 2013

February 24, 2014 – Hawaii Revised Statutes §846-51 through -54 require the Department of the Attorney General to develop, direct, and report annually on a statewide hate crime statistics reporting program. With input and assistance from Hawaii’s police departments and prosecutors, the program was developed during the fall of 2001 and officially launched on January 1, 2002. Hate Crimes in Hawaii, 2013 is the twelfth annual publication and covers hate crime cases disposed during Calendar Year 2013.

Featured in the report is information on the background, definitions, and characteristics of hate crimes and hate crime statistics reporting, and data on hate crimes that were reported to the Hawaii program during 2013. The report also features twelve-year trend statistics.


 OAHU PAROLE AND PROBATION POPULATION MAPS 2012

September 23, 2013 – This mapping project was completed as a partnership between the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Paroling Authority, and the University of Hawaii at Manoā’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The project was funded through a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, and represents one step in the process of identifying ongoing uses of geographic information systems (GIS) technology for justice administration and research purposes.

Presented are 231 electronic maps depicting parolee and high-risk felony probationer residence locations across the State of Hawaii’s First Judicial Circuit (i.e., the island of Oahu), and an accompanying text report. The maps and report were created by the university research team, using GIS software and existing electronic data managed by the Hawaii Paroling Authority and the Hawaii State Judiciary.

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FIREARM REGISTRATIONS IN HAWAII, 2012

March 19, 2013 – The Department of the Attorney General released its annual report detailing state firearm registration statistics for Calendar Year 2012.

A record high total of 21,864 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2012, marking a major, 42.2% increase from the previous record high of 15,375 applications processed in 2011. Of the applications processed in 2012, 94.1% were approved and resulted in issued permits; 4.9% were approved but subsequently voided after the applicants failed to return for their permits within the specified time period; and 1.0% were denied due to one or more disqualifying factors. 

The 20,572 permits issued statewide in 2012 cover a record high total of 50,394 firearms registered, marking a 36.9% increase from the previous record high of 36,804 firearms registered in 2011. Nearly half (23,548, or 46.7%) of the firearms registered during 2012 were imported from out-of-state, with the remainder (26,846, or 53.3%) accounted for by transfers of firearms that were previously registered in Hawaii. 

Firearm registration activity increased dramatically over the course of the 13 years for which these data have been systematically compiled and reported.  From 2000 through 2012, the number of statewide permit applications processed annually climbed 336.9%, the number of firearms registered soared 370.1%, and the number of firearms imported surged 325.8%.  Roughly equivalent increases were reported for all four of Hawaii’s counties. 

While there has been a tremendous increase in firearm registration activity in Hawaii since 2000, the annual trends for both the number of firearm-related violent crimes and the proportion of violent crimes involving firearms relative to other weapon types remained stable within a low and narrow range through 2007, and decreased substantially from 2008 through 2012, during which time registration activity increased the most sharply.  

It is a misdemeanor in the State of Hawaii to provide falsified information on firearm permit applications, unless the falsified information pertains to criminal or mental health histories, in which case it is a felony offense (Hawaii Revised Statutes section 134-17). In 2012, falsified criminal or mental health information or both were provided in 69.2% (157) of the 227 denial cases; falsified information pertaining to anything other than criminal or mental health histories was provided in 4.0% (9) of the cases; and no falsified information was provided in 26.9% (61) of the denial cases.  The report also provides both categorized and itemized reasons for the denials.


HATE CRIMES IN HAWAII, 2012

March 1, 2013 – Hawaii Revised Statutes §846-51 through -54 require the Department of the Attorney General to develop, direct, and report annually on a statewide hate crime statistics reporting program. With input and assistance from Hawaii’s police departments and prosecutors, the program was developed during the fall of 2001 and officially launched on January 1, 2002. Hate Crimes in Hawaii, 2012 is the eleventh annual publication and covers hate crime cases disposed during Calendar Year 2012.

Featured in the report is information on the background, definitions, and characteristics of hate crimes and hate crime statistics reporting, and data on hate crimes that were reported to the Hawaii program during 2012. The report also features eleven-year trend statistics.