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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001

Date: November 2, 1999

Location: Xerox office, Honolulu, Hawaii

Alleged Shooter: Byran Uyesugi

People Killed: Seven

People Injured: None

Firearm(s): Glock Model 17 9mm pistol


Uyesugi entered a Xerox office building and shot seven coworkers. Uyesugi was an avid gun enthusiast. Police found a collection of 11 handguns, five rifles, and two shotguns at his house in addition to the pistol used in the shooting. Uyesugi was sentenced to a minimum of 235 years in prison for the shootings.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

The gun used in the attack was legally purchased in 1989 and was registered in Hawaii. Uyesugi was subsequently denied a permit for another handgun after a 1993 incident in which he destroyed an elevator door and was arrested for criminal property damage.


  1. Jaymes K. Song, "Uyesugi Registered Glock Pistol a Decade Ago," Star-Bulletin, 11 November 1999.
  2. "Gunman in Hawaii Kills 7 of his Xerox Colleagues; Surrenders After 5-Hour Standoff," The Commercial Appeal, 3 November 1999, sec. A, p. 1.
  3. "Uyesugi Gets 235-Year Minimum Term," Associated Press, 22 November 2000.


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The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.