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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2003

State receives high marks for child gun-violence laws

 •  29,765 students pledge to reduce gun violence

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i received an A-minus for its state laws protecting children from gun violence, according to an annual study this week.

The sixth annual report card came from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Hawai'i received the same grade in the previous year's report.

The report, released Tuesday, praised Hawai'i's laws for holding adults responsible for leaving loaded guns around children, requiring gun buyers to obtain a safety license, and restricting "Saturday night specials" and assault weapons.

The report said Hawai'i can improve its laws by requiring child safety locks to be sold with guns to prevent accidental shootings.

It also recommended strengthening the state's gun registration by comparing new criminal convictions to past gun purchase records to identify felons who previously bought guns and are ineligible to have them.

Twenty-nine states received grades of D or F in this year's report card.

The report rated the states on their laws regarding juvenile possession of guns, sale/transfer of guns to juveniles, safe storage of firearms, childproof guns and gun design safety, and carrying concealed weapons.