HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to firearms.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that under current law, firearms safety and training requirements for purchases of pistols and revolvers do not apply to purchases of rifles and shotguns. The legislature believes that there is no justification for this disparity, given the importance of safe and appropriate handling of all firearms, regardless of type.
The legislature also finds that, in the interest of national security, permits to acquire firearms should not be issued to aliens who are not state law enforcement officers, even for temporary purposes such as hunting or participating in an organized sport-shooting contest.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to:
(1) Establish uniform firearms safety and training requirements for applicants of permits to acquire firearms, regardless of firearm type; and
(2) Prohibit the issuance of permits to acquire firearms to aliens who are not state law enforcement officers.
SECTION 2. Section 134-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (d) to read:
The chief of police of the respective counties may issue permits to
acquire firearms to citizens of the United States of the age of twenty-one
years or more, or duly accredited official representatives of foreign nations,
or duly commissioned law enforcement officers of the State who are aliens;
provided that any law enforcement officer who is the owner of a firearm and who
is an alien shall transfer ownership of the firearm within forty-eight hours
after termination of employment from a law enforcement agency. [
The chief of police of each county may
issue permits to aliens of the age of eighteen years or more for use of rifles
and shotguns for a period not exceeding sixty days, upon a showing that the
alien has first procured a hunting license under chapter 183D, part II. The chief of police of each county may issue
permits to aliens of the age of twenty-one years or more for use of firearms
for a period not exceeding six months, upon a showing that the alien is in
training for a specific organized sport-shooting contest to be held within the
permit period. The attorney general
shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, as to what constitutes sufficient
evidence that an alien is in training for a sport-shooting contest.] Notwithstanding any law to the contrary and
upon joint application, the chief of police may issue permits to acquire
firearms jointly to spouses who otherwise qualify to obtain permits under this
2. By amending subsection (g) to read:
Effective July 1, 1995, no person shall be issued a permit under
this section for the acquisition of a [
pistol or revolver] firearm
unless the person, at any time prior to the issuance of the permit, has
(1) An approved hunter education course as authorized under section 183D-28;
(2) A firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency of the State or of any county;
(3) A firearms safety or training course offered to law enforcement officers, security guards, investigators, deputy sheriffs, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement by a state or county law enforcement agency; or
(4) A firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state certified or National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor or a certified military firearms instructor that provides, at a minimum, a total of at least two hours of firing training at a firing range and a total of at least four hours of classroom instruction, which may include a video, that focuses on:
(A) The safe use, handling, and storage of firearms and firearm safety in the home; and
(B) Education on the firearm laws of the State.
An affidavit signed by the certified firearms instructor who conducted or taught the course, providing the name, address, and phone number of the instructor and attesting to the successful completion of the course by the applicant shall constitute evidence of certified successful completion under this paragraph."
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Firearms; Permits to Acquire; Safety and Training Requirements; Aliens
Establishes uniform firearms safety and training requirements for applicants of permits to acquire firearms, regardless of firearm type. Prohibits the issuance of permits to acquire firearms to aliens who are not state law enforcement officers.
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