How Hawaii Bucked the Trend

Hawaii’s gun death rate is only 2.5—far below the US’s 10.6 average. And it’s not because there aren’t guns there.

Hawaii has robust hunting and gun collection cultures, but few guns are used in violent crime. This could be due to state laws correlated with lower gun death rates, such as licensing mandates, state-regulated ammunition sales, restrictions for people with backgrounds that put them at risk, and a ban on assault weapons.

The state could be “a model for the nation” in better firearm laws, says researcher Michael Siegel. 


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