Hawaii Gun Laws

Gun laws in Hawaii operate on a county level with Hawaii using a “May Issue” policy towards issuing concealed carry permits. However, permits have only been issued to the public on only a few rare occasions. Mandatory county reporting was started in 2000 and since that date only four permits have been issued. Two were issued in Maui in 2001 and two on Kauai, one to a local judge in 2006 and another in 2013 to an active military member for 12 days. There is currently a case before the federal courts to try and force Hawaii into issuing permits however this will take years to resolve with no doubt many appeals.

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Hawaii CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle NO
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed NO
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
May Issue

Hawaii CCW Reciprocity

Hawaii 2018
  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Hawaii Handgun Permit


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a lawful resident of Hawaii
  • Must be able to show reason to fear injury to your person or property.
  • Able to possess a firearm under Hawaii law.
  • Not have been judged to be insane or incapacitated under Hawaii law.
  • Qualified to use a firearm.

134.9 Licenses to Carry

Pointers: Hawaii Handgun Laws


  1. I thought Mexifornia was a cesspool of Democrats. But Hawai’i says hey brah hold my coconut. No guns but plenty of meth heads and crystal ice druggies.

  2. I am a Police Office and covered under LEOSA. I will be visiting Honolulu in the next couple of months. Will I be allowed to carry? I also have a Utah CWP which has reciprocity in Hawaii.

    1. Don’t bring your fucking guns here. They are not allowed, police or not. You don’t need them. Keep your mainland bullshit and mass murders over there.

      1. Your gender fluid life partner sure must have a treat dealing with you. Shall Not Infringe Demotard. Last trip to Kauai got kicked out of a Mexican fast food place for laughing at a sign by front door telling all the deviants that this was a safe space.

      2. And we don’t need or want you or your communist friends in Hawaii either! Get your ass out of here! 😠

      3. And we don’t need or want you or your communist friends in Hawaii either! Get your ass out of here! 😠

  3. if I am traveling to Kauia for work for 6 months can I have my handgun that is registered to me here in floida if so can I carry I also do not a a CCW

    1. Even as a visitor you must register your gun. I’m not sure if your conceal and carry will work here. My dad had the same question. I live in Hawaii and from Missouri.

    2. You have 5 days from entering the state to go to the police station and register the gun. Also enroll in “RAPBACK” that’s a FBI data base. Hawaii doesn’t honor any other CCW permits nor issues any to anyone anyways. You can legally carry any way you want inside your home/business.
      Hawaii has a places to keep law, guns kept only at residence, business, sojourn (where you sleep), police station, gun store, range, gunsmith. And only transported to and from these points. So straight from point A to B. No stopping for coffee with gun in car or picking up a friend.
      Also when transporting, all guns must be in an enclosed container (gun case/soft or hard). No round in chamber or loaded mag inside guns.
      Ammunition is treated the same as a gun, so all of the above also apply to just ammo. So if you buy ammo at a store, you have to go straight home.
      We have a 10 round pistol mag law.
      I would just leave your gun in FL for 6 months. To much hassle, and you can’t unregister from RAPBACK either.

    3. As a Navy Officer (Pilot O-8) I have been stationed and lived off base in 14 States is US. If you want to use a gun, join the military…otherwise you are a person not “the people” and have no need to own a gun.

      1. Wow! I would check my compass if I were you. How disappointing for a US military officer to have such low regard for the Constitution. Sorry, but “people” means every American person. And that means YOU don’t get to decide who owns a gun. Each PERSON does.

        1. Not here in Hawaii, asshole. No, you don’t get to decide and we don’t have shootings. Fuck your fucking guns. Leave them home if you come or you will spend your vacation in jail. So no, YOU don’t get to decide here. Live with it.

          1. You need to buy batteries for your device perhaps you won’t be so unhinged.

            We know no man would touch you.

            Long live the 2nd Amendment you shrew.

          2. Lauren, put the glass pipe down, throw away all your steel wool, and go to an NA meeting. Please shave your pits, or at least wash them before you do.

          3. So Laurem, if (and historically WHEN) there is no mainland military to protect you, how’s that mentality going to serve you when a large group of motivated individuals come to take those beloved islands away from you? You will fall just like every single unarmed group of citizens in history has before you. Your spoiled ignorance sure leaves you in a vulnerable position.

      2. Are you kidding me?! So you’re an Admiral and your understanding of the Constitution is that “the right of the people” doesn’t apply to ALL citizens of the United States?! You are an absolutely sad excuse of a commissioned officer within the military and deserve to be dismissed from service.

      3. Carl your obviously a dumb ass that thinks your special because you joined the military. Ugh read your constitution it doesn’t define we the people as only military because when they wrote it they didn’t have one outside of militia dumb ass. Go back to spending my tax money and leave the adults to talk.

      4. Carl, are you really advocating that those of us who shoot competitively dont get to own firearms? And I am supposed to trust my life to you because you are and O-8? And if you arent around when I need you to protect me I am just screwed? You really sound like a career Admiral’s aide and a Naval aviator. As a Vietnam Vet I feel sad for you. Please – dont ofer – my wife will back me up. Odds are good she is much better with a handgun than you

      5. You’re a dumb ass. Obviously don’t understand the constitution.

      6. LOL
        The entire point of the 2nd amendment is so the government can’t control us by being the only ones with weapons. In fact, the US military (Army, Navy, Marines, etc.) as we know it shouldn’t even exist.

        Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with them as long as they are run by people who will obey the citizens and not the government.

      7. Carl, Im a retired O-4. You are a commie POS. I know you’re still pissed because Hillbilly lost, but come on man.

      8. Dumbest supposed pilot that took an oath to uphold the constitution I ever heard. Must be a “captain crunch”.

      9. Sounds like you are a non pro second amendment and a commie with valor

    4. No one, except some retired law enforcement and a few armed security guards, can get a permit to carry in Hawaii. There is a provision to obtain one, but as far as I know, and I am retired from Honolulu PD, it is at the Chief’s discretion and none of the 4 County Chiefs has aver granted one.

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