Hawaii, like many states, has seen a marked increase in the number of gun sales and registrations in the past twelve years. Ever since Barack Obama moved into the White House, the state has seen record sales and registrations.
In 2011, 36,804 guns were registered in the state of Hawaii. This was a 17.2% increase over 2010 which was also a record year. The state also saw a 20% increase in firearm permit applications over the 2010 which was also a record year. Nearly 95% of 15,375 applications were approved. Interestingly of the 4.5% that were not approved, 88.7% were for rifles or shotguns, not handguns.
According to the same report, firearm permit applications for Hawaii have increased a total of 136% since 2000. There was a 170% increase in the number of firearms registered during the same period and a record 148% of all the firearms sold and registered since 2000 have been imported from outside the state.
That’s a lot of guns for such a small state (area and population). But the trend seen in Hawaii is not unique. The sales of firearms are setting record levels in many US states and most of the gun dealers attribute it to President Obama and the threat of the government collapsing under his leadership.
A close friend of mine is a gun dealer and he said that many people are buying guns because they believe the Republican candidates (now Mitt Romney) are not strong enough to defeat Obama in the November election. They are all saying that if Obama gets re-elected that he will force the economic collapse of the nation and throw the country into anarchy under martial law and they want to be well armed to protect themselves for lawless marauders and pro-Obama groups. It is just so ironic that the one man who hates guns and wants to get them out of the hands of citizens is the very reason gun sales are spiking off the charts.
If the peoples’ fears are right, heaven help us all in the coming few years.