Hawaii State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Hawaii ranked 7th out of 50 – having enacted some of the strongest gun laws in the country.

In 2013, the Hawaii legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Strengthen Gun Regulation

HI S 69 Requires all gun registration applicants to be fingerprinted.


Among other things, Hawaii:

Hawaii does not, however:

Local governments in Hawaii retain authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and local licensing authorities in Hawaii have discretion in determining whether to issue a license to carry a firearm.

In 2010, Hawaii had the lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In 2007, 36 people died from firearm-related injuries in Hawaii. In 2009, Hawaii supplied the lowest number of crime guns to other states per capita. Hawaii exports more crime guns than it imports, however.

Hawaii Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Hawaii, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.