Hawaii Gun Laws

Hawaii Gun Laws

Hawaii State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.  Always Consult An Attorney  

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase YES YES
Registration of Firearms YES YES
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

Yes, unless in defense of family member or child

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, Robbery

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Premises owned or leased by defender, his permanent or temporary residence, or workplace

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - Arson, carjacking, theft of occupied car

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Hawaii

Hawaii is May-Issue by statute, but No-Issue in practice. The chief of police may grant a permit "in an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant's person or property". In practice, Hawaii is "No-Issue," as issuing authorities rarely or never approve applications for permits, and there are no known Hawaii CCW permits.

In March 2014, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals has ruled Hawaii's restrictive concealed carry policy unconstitutional, but the court has allowed the law to remain in effect while the State of Hawaii appeals the ruling.

Hawaii does not recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states.

Link to the Honolulu Police Department Firearms Page: CLICK HERE

State Statute §134-2  Permits to acquire:  CLICK HERE