Hawaii Gun Laws 2024

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Hawaii gun laws

Firearms laws in Hawaii


Firearm Purchasing


All firearms purchases, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, require a permit. To obtain a permit, individuals must apply with their local police department and undergo a background check. Hawaii has a "may issue" policy, meaning the police chief has discretion in granting permits. The applicant must demonstrate urgency or need for self-defense. *Unconstitutional

There is a mandatory 14-day waiting period for all firearm purchases. Background checks are required for all firearm sales, including those conducted at gun shows, private sales, and transfers. Hawaii is a point of contact state for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and all firearms dealers must conduct background checks through this system.


Firearm Possession


To possess a firearm, individuals must obtain a permit, which is valid for a limited period, typically one year. Firearms must be registered with the County Police Department within 72 hours of acquisition. Individuals must be at least 21 years old to possess a handgun and 18 years old for long guns. Persons convicted of certain crimes, including felonies, are prohibited from possessing firearms.


Is it difficult to get a CCW in Hawaii?


Hawaii is a "may issue" state for concealed carry permits.

To obtain a permit for concealed carry, individuals must demonstrate a justifiable need, such as being in a profession that requires carrying a firearm. Open carry of firearms is prohibited, except for certain exceptions, such as law enforcement officers and individuals with valid hunting licenses.


Ar15s and Standard-Capacity Magazines


Hawaii has restrictions on Ar15s and Standard-capacity magazines.

Standard-capacity magazines, generally defined as those capable of holding more than ten rounds, are prohibited.

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