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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.

A hand gun.


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