Nonresident Gun Possession

Allows nonresident aliens to bring firearms into the State under
certain conditions.  (HB500 SD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 3
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Hawaii is widely
 2 recognized as a community relatively free of violence involving
 3 firearms.  The legislature further finds that this low rate of
 4 violence is attributable to our strict controls on the possession
 5 and use of firearms within our State.  However, the legislature
 6 recognizes that there is a need to expand our visitor industry by
 7 developing niche markets, such as recreational hunting, that
 8 would encourage visitors who may want to enjoy Hawaii's optimal
 9 climate and scenic landscapes while also engaging in legal
10 recreational firearms activities.
11      The purpose of this Act is to allow nonresident aliens who
12 are visiting the State for the purposes of engaging in
13 recreational target shooting or game hunting to be allowed to
14 bring legal firearms into the State under certain conditions for
15 such limited purposes.
16      SECTION 2.  Section 134-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
17 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
18      "(a)  Every person arriving in the State who brings or by
19 any other manner causes to be brought into the State a firearm of

Page 2                                                     500
                                     H.B. NO.           H.D. 3
                                                        S.D. 1

 1 any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or
 2 unserviceable, modern or antique, shall register the firearm
 3 within [three] seven days after arrival of the person or of the
 4 firearm, whichever arrives later, with the chief of police of the
 5 county of the person's place of business or, if there is no place
 6 of business, [such] the person's residence or, if there is
 7 neither a place of business nor residence, the person's place of
 8 sojourn[; provided that no].  A nonresident alien [shall be
 9 allowed to] may bring firearms [a firearm of any description into
10 the State.] not otherwise prohibited by law into the State for a
11 continuous period not to exceed ninety days; provided that the
12 person meets the registration requirement of this section and the
13 person possesses:
14      (1)  A valid Hawaii hunting license procured under chapter
15           183D, part II, or a commercial or private shooting
16           preserve permit issued pursuant to section 183D-34;
17      (2)  A written document indicating the person has been
18           invited to the State to shoot on private land; or
19      (3)  Written notification from a firing range or target
20           shooting business indicating that the person will
21           actually engage in target shooting.
22 The nonresident alien shall be limited to a nontransferable
23 registration of not more than ten firearms for the purpose of the

Page 3                                                     500
                                     H.B. NO.           H.D. 3
                                                        S.D. 1

 1 above activities."
 2      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 3 New statutory material is underscored.
 4      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.