According to Article 1, Section 15, of the Hawaii Constitution, the right of people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. Under Hawaii Revised Statute Section 134-2(a), a Hawaii permit is required to purchase or acquire firearms. A permit is mandatory even if the person acquired the firearm by gift, inheritance, bequest, or in any other manner, and even if the firearm is unusable, unserviceable, antique, registered under prior law or by a prior owner.
Under Section 134-2(b), following details should be included in a firearm permit application form: the applicant’s name, address, sex, height, weight, date of birth, place of birth, country of citizenship, social security number, alien or admission number, and information regarding the applicant’s mental health history. The police department of the county of registration will take the applicant’s fingerprint and photograph. If the fingerprints and photograph are already on file with the department, these may be waived.
The requirements for a permit to acquire or purchase a handgun are:
- Valid identification that has a photograph (such as a driver’s license, state identification card, military ID, or United States passport).
- Completed application with specific information (including: make, model, caliber, type (revolver, semi-automatic), finish, barrel length, and serial number).
- Name, address, and telephone number of the seller.
- A handgun safety training course affidavit, or hunters education card.
- Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, if born outside of the U.S., proof such as a U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, or birth certificate.
- If the applicant was convicted of a DUI (driving under influence of alcohol), applicant should produce a substance abuse assessment from District Court Drivers License Education. If counseling was ordered, a medical clearance is also required.
The requirements for a permit to purchase or acquire shotguns or rifles are:
- Valid Identification
- Completed application for permit to acquire a firearm.
- Proof of United States Citizenship.
- If the applicant was convicted of a DUI, the applicant should produce a substance abuse assessment from District Court Drivers License Education. If counseling was ordered, a medical clearance is also required.
No permit will be issued to an applicant earlier than 14 calendar days after the date of application. After the 14 day waiting period the permit will be valid for only six calendar days. If the permit is not picked up by the sixth day, the permit will be voided. Applicants will have to reapply and go through the whole process once again.
The main government offices that deal with issues relating to firearms are:
Honolulu Police Department
Attn: Firearms Division
801 S. Beretania
Phone: 808-529-3371, Fax: 808-529-3525
Department of the Attorney General
425 Queen Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813