Hawaii Concealed Carry Laws

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Nothing on this website should be construed as valid legal advice, this website is for entertainment purposes only. Verify all information with the proper state and local authorities.

At the links listed below you can find the State of Hawaii webpage regarding the state Gun Laws, including a reciprocity chart for the state. Do not rely on any legal information that you find on any website, always consult an attorney licensed in the applicable state who specializes in the applicable law.

  1. H.R.S. Chapter 134-9 License to Carry, which states in part

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    §134-9  Licenses to carry.  (a)  In an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property, the chief of police of the appropriate county may grant a license to an applicant who is a citizen of the United States of the age of twenty-one years or more or to a duly accredited official representative of a foreign nation of the age of twenty-one years or more to carry a pistol or revolver and ammunition therefor concealed on the person within the county where the license is granted.  Where the urgency or the need has been sufficiently indicated, the respective chief of police may grant to an applicant of good moral character who is a citizen of the United States of the age of twenty-one years or more, is engaged in the protection of life and property, and is not prohibited under section 134-7 from the ownership or possession of a firearm, a license to carry a pistol or revolver and ammunition therefor unconcealed on the person within the county where the license is granted.  The chief of police of the appropriate county, or the chief’s designated representative, shall perform an inquiry on an applicant by using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, to include a check of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement databases where the applicant is not a citizen of the United States, before any determination to grant a license is made.  Unless renewed, the license shall expire one year from the date of issue.     (b)  The chief of police of each county shall adopt procedures to require that any person granted a license to carry a concealed weapon on the person shall:

    (1)  Be qualified to use the firearm in a safe manner;

    (2)  Appear to be a suitable person to be so licensed;

    (3)  Not be prohibited under section 134-7 from the ownership or possession of a firearm; and

    (4)  Not have been adjudged insane or not appear to be mentally deranged.

    (c)  No person shall carry concealed or unconcealed on the person a pistol or revolver without being licensed to do so under this section or in compliance with sections 134-5(c) or 134-25.

    (d)  A fee of $10 shall be charged for each license and shall be deposited in the treasury of the county in which the license is granted.

  2. See also, Exemptions to 134-9, i.e., who can carry without following HRS 134-9.
  3. Guideline for carrying concealed in HI by a Retired Law Enforcement Officer.
  4. See also, H.R.S. Chapter 134-2 Permits to Acquire, which reads in part:

    §134-2  Permits to acquire.  (a)  No person shall acquire the ownership of a firearm, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique, registered under prior law or by a prior owner or unregistered, either by purchase, gift, inheritance, bequest, or in any other manner, whether procured in the State or imported by mail, express, freight, or otherwise, until the person has first procured from the chief of police of the county of the person’s place of business or, if there is no place of business, the person’s residence or, if there is neither place of business nor residence, the person’s place of sojourn, a permit to acquire the ownership of a firearm as prescribed in this section.  When title to any firearm is acquired by inheritance or bequest, the foregoing permit shall be obtained before taking possession of a firearm; provided that upon presentation of a copy of the death certificate of the owner making the bequest, any heir or legatee may transfer the inherited or bequested firearm directly to a dealer licensed under section 134-31 or licensed by the United States Department of Justice without complying with the requirements of this section.

  5. See also H.R.S. Chapter 134-3 Registration, mandatory, exception, for details on registering any firearm in HI and what firearms do not need to be registered.
  6. For further reference, see Hawaii Weapons Laws.

What does Dustin think?

Well, Hawaii is not friendly to concealed carry. You basically have to show that your life or property is in danger, then petition the Chief of Police of your county, then you might be allowed to carry concealed in that county only. If you are active duty military or law enforcement and your job requires you to carry concealed, then you can carry concealed. If you are retired law enforcement or law enforcement from another state, then you have a good shot at being able to carry concealed. HRS 134-9 for some reason has provisions allowing for foreign nationals to carry concealed, which I think is crap.

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