Non-resident Gun Possession

Repeals prohibition for non-resident aliens to bring firearms
into the State under certain conditions.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           607
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
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 non-resident 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

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 1 any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or
 2 unserviceable, modern or antique, shall register the firearm
 3 within three days after arrival of the person or of the firearm,
 4 whichever arrives later, with the chief of police of the county
 5 of the person's place of business or, if there is no place of
 6 business, [such] the person's residence or, if there is neither a
 7 place of business nor residence, the person's place of sojourn[;
 8 provided that no].  A non-resident alien shall be allowed to
 9 bring into the State a firearm [of any description into the
10 State.] not otherwise prohibited by law; provided that the person
11 complies with the registration requirements of this section and
12 possesses a valid Hawaii hunting license procured under chapter
13 183D, part II; a registration or ownership document indicating
14 that the person is the legal owner of the firearm; and a written
15 document indicating the person has been invited to the State by a
16 target shooting business or hunting guide."
17      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
18 New statutory material is underscored.
19      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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