State Gun Laws - Hawaii - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Hawaii. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. A permit is required to acquire firearms and ammunition in Hawaii. This permit is called a Permit to Acquire Firearms (PTA).

2. To carry a concealed firearm, a separate license is required. This license is known as a License to Carry (LTC).

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. In Hawaii, all firearm purchases and transfers, including private sales, require a background check.

2. The PTA is required for the purchase of handguns and long guns (rifles and shotguns). Each firearm requires a separate PTA.

3. The PTA process includes a background check conducted by local law enforcement.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Hawaii has a ban on assault weapons, which includes specific models and features. The possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons are generally prohibited.

2. High-capacity magazines are also generally prohibited in Hawaii, with limited exceptions for law enforcement officers.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Hawaii has specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms. Firearms must be secured with a trigger lock or in a locked container when not under the owner’s immediate control.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Hawaii, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Hawaii is a “may-issue” state for concealed carry licenses. Local police departments have discretion in issuing LTCs, and applicants must demonstrate a justifiable need.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally prohibited in Hawaii, with limited exceptions for law enforcement officers and persons with valid LTCs.

It’s important to consult the official Hawaii state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Hawaii’s gun laws.