Hawaii and its low rate of gun-related violence — even in the face of a remarkable surge in gun ownership here — has gotten the attention of one national publication that writes about the raging gun debate in America.

The Trace, a relatively new nonprofit news organization funded largely by wealthy business-news mogul and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, has an interesting article looking at why Hawaii seems to be leading the way in lack of gun incidents.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Hawaii’s unique degree of gun safety would therefore seem to bear a simple explanation. It erected an extensive legal apparatus to keep firearms away from criminals and largely out of the public square, and its detachment from the inconsistent gun laws of the continental United States has kept those rules from being subverted. But the state’s island status raises the obvious question of whether its approach is replicable. Chicago isn’t about to set itself adrift in Lake Michigan, after all.”

Read the full story here.

Firearms instructor Cofi Jackson demonstrates an AR15 with SIRT or Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger at the gun show. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. 21 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A firearms instructor demonstrates an AR15 at a Honolulu gun show.

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