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Overview for Hawaii

Hawaii’s gun laws are stricter than most states, being a “may issue” state and requiring firearms to be registered to name a few.

Along with requiring the registration of all firearms and ammunition to the county chief of police, first time applicants must provide finger prints, and confidential health records to the state. They must also, pass a mental health affidavit, and criminal background check. Copies of all permits and licenses are sent to the Attorney General.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase Yes Yes
Open Carry No Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration Yes Yes
Owner License Yes Yes

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Offical Concealed Carry page for Hawaii.


Hawaii honors the permits of

Hawaii does not honor any other state's permits.

Hawaii's permits are honored by

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin


Hawaii FAQ


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