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Nearly Half of Guns Traced in Hawaii Come From Out of State

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tracks data on guns found during criminal investigations.

·By Nick Grube

Nearly half the guns Hawaii criminal investigators traced in 2012 came from other states, according to data compiled by ProPublica.

The nonprofit news organization used information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that analyzed gun traces authorities ran while investigating crimes.

Of the 155,000 guns recovered in the U.S. in 2012, the data showed that nearly a third came from states other than where they were found.

You can check out an interactive graphic here that allows you to analyze the numbers yourself.

Hand gun in a shadow

A hand gun.

Flickr: JoLi Studios AKA Leasepics

In Hawaii, authorities ran traces on 105 guns in 2012, finding that 50 — or 47.6 percent — were originally purchased outside of the state.

Fifteen of those guns, the largest share, came from California. The next state on the list was Washington, which is where five guns came from.

Nationally, California ranks 10th as a gun exporter. Georgia is first, with 30.4 percent of all gun traces originating from that state.

Only 38 Hawaii guns were found outside of the state, putting it second to last nationally. Only the District of Columbia exported fewer guns.

Hawaii also reported the smallest number of gun traces, according to the data.

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