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                                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 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
20 any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or

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

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  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.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