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Información Legal: Hawái

State Gun Laws

Actualizada: 
5 de agosto de 2021

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

Under Hawaii law, a person cannot have or buy a gun unless s/he has a permit issued by the chief of police in his/her county. To qualify for a permit, a person:

  • has to be 21 years or older, unless s/he is 18 or over and has a valid hunter’s license;
  • must have completed an approved safety course;
  • has to be a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident, or other qualified immigrant (called a “qualified alien” in the law); and
  • must not be otherwise disqualified for one of the reasons mentioned below.1

Hawaii state law says that a person cannot have or buy a gun if s/he:

  • is subject to an order that says the person cannot contact, threaten, or physically abuse the protected person, which includes an order for protection or a gun violence protective order;
  • has been convicted of, or has charges pending, in Hawaii or another state, for:
    • a felony;
    • any crime of violence2 (an offense that involves injury or the threat of injury)3; or
    • an illegal sale of any drug;
  • is a fugitive from justice;
  • cannot own a gun under federal gun laws;
  • is or has been under treatment for addiction to a dangerous drug or alcohol, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the addiction;
  • has been found not guilty of a crime because of a mental disorder, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the mental disorder;
  • has been diagnosed with a serious behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the mental disorder;
  • is under 25 and was found by a family court, as a juvenile, to have committed:
    • a felony;
    • two or more crimes of violence, or
    • an illegal sale of any drug;
  • is under 18 and:
    • is under treatment for addiction to a dangerous drug, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the addiction;
    • is a fugitive from justice;
    • has been determined to not be responsible for a crime because of a mental disorder, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the mental disorder; or
    • has been committed to an institution due to a mental disorder, disease, or defect, unless the person has been medically documented to no longer have the mental disorder.2

If any of these situations apply to the abuser, it may be illegal for him/her to have a gun. Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, may restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

1 Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-2(a), (d)
2 Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-7
3 Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-1