HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to firearms.
ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that a "ghost gun" is a firearm that is assembled without serial numbers or other identification markings. A person may assemble a ghost gun from a prepackaged kit requiring only minimal expertise and thus bypass background checks, registration, and other legal requirements. The legislature also finds that the State's lack of laws addressing ghost guns allows persons who would normally be prohibited under state law from owning or possessing firearms to do so. The ease with which ghost guns may be obtained defeats the intent of the State's otherwise strict firearm permitting and registration laws. It is these laws that have helped Hawaii to achieve the lowest gun violence death rate in the nation.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to:
(1) Prohibit the purchase, manufacture, or obtaining of firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number; and
(2) Amend certain requirements relating to firearms registration.
SECTION 2. Chapter 134, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§134- Manufacturing or purchasing firearm parts
to assemble a firearm having no serial number; penalty. (a)
A person who is not licensed to manufacture
a firearm under section 134-31, or who is not a dealer licensed by the United
States Department of Justice, shall not, for the purpose of assembling a
firearm, purchase, produce with a three-dimensional printer, or otherwise
obtain separately, or as part of a kit:
(1) A firearm
receiver that is not imprinted with a serial number registered with a federally
(2) A firearm receiver
that has not been provided a serial number that may be registered in accordance
with section 134-3(c); or
(3) Any combination
of parts from which a firearm having no serial number may be readily assembled;
provided that the parts do not have the capacity to function as a firearm
(b) Violation of this section is a class C felony."
SECTION 3. Section 134-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding three new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Assembly" means the
fabrication of a firearm or the fitting together of component parts to construct
receiver" means the part of a firearm that provides housing for the
firearm's internal components, such as a hammer, bolt, breechblock, action, or firing
mechanism. The term includes any object
or part that is not a firearm frame or receiver in finished form but that is
designed or intended to be used for that purpose and may readily be made into a
firearm frame or receiver through milling or other means.
"Ghost gun" means a firearm that is assembled without a serial number or other identification marking."
SECTION 4. Section 134-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a) through (d) to read as follows:
"(a) Every resident or person arriving in the State who brings or by any other manner causes to be brought into the State a firearm of any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique, shall register the firearm within five days after arrival of the person or of the firearm, whichever arrives later, with the chief of police of the county of the person's place of business or, if there is no place of business, the person's residence or, if there is neither a place of business nor residence, the person's place of sojourn. A nonresident alien may bring firearms not otherwise prohibited by law into the State for a continuous period not to exceed ninety days; provided that the person meets the registration requirement of this section and the person possesses:
(1) A valid Hawaii hunting license procured under chapter 183D, part II, or a commercial or private shooting preserve permit issued pursuant to section 183D-34;
(2) A written document indicating the person has been invited to the State to shoot on private land; or
(3) Written notification from a firing range or target shooting business indicating that the person will actually engage in target shooting.
The nonresident alien shall be limited to a nontransferable registration of not more than ten firearms for the purpose of the above activities.
Every person registering a firearm
under this subsection shall be fingerprinted and photographed by the police
department of the county of registration; provided that this requirement shall
be waived where fingerprints and photographs are already on file with the
police department. The police department
shall perform an inquiry on the person by using the International Justice and
Public Safety Network, including the United States Immigration and Customs
Enforcement query, the National Crime Information Center, and the National
Instant Criminal Background Check System, pursuant to section 846-2.7 before
any determination to register a firearm is made. Any person attempting to register a
firearm, a firearm receiver, or the parts used to assemble a firearm, and who
is found to be disqualified from ownership, possession, or control of firearms or
ammunition under section 134-7, shall surrender or dispose of all firearms and
ammunition pursuant to section 134-7.3.
Every person who acquires a firearm pursuant to section 134-2 shall
register the firearm in the manner prescribed by this section within five days
of acquisition. The registration of all
firearms shall be on forms prescribed by the attorney general, which shall
be uniform throughout the State, and shall include the following information: name of the manufacturer and importer; model;
type of action; caliber or gauge; serial number; and source from which receipt
was obtained, including the name and address of the prior registrant. If the firearm has been assembled from
separate parts and an unfinished firearm receiver, the entity that registered
the firearm receiver shall be recorded in the space provided for the name of
the manufacturer and importer, and the phrase "assembled from parts"
shall be recorded in the space provided for model. If the firearm has been assembled from parts
created using a three-dimensional printer, the entity that registered the
firearm receiver shall be recorded in the space provided for the name of the
manufacturer and importer, and the phrase "3-D printer" shall be
recorded in the space provided for model. If the firearm has no serial number, the [
registration number shall be entered in the space provided for the
serial number, and the [ permit] registration number shall be
engraved upon the receiver portion of the firearm before registration. On firearms assembled from parts created
using a three-dimensional printer, the serial number shall be engraved on
stainless steel and permanently embedded to the firearm receiver during
fabrication or construction. All
registration data that would identify the individual registering the firearm by
name or address shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed to anyone,
except as may be required:
(1) For processing the registration;
(2) For database management by the Hawaii criminal justice data center;
(3) By a law enforcement agency for the lawful performance of its duties; or
(4) By order of a court.
(c) Dealers licensed under section 134-31 or
dealers licensed by the United States Department of Justice shall register
firearms pursuant to this section on registration forms prescribed by the
attorney general and shall not be required to have the firearms physically
inspected by the chief of police at the time of registration. An authorized dealer, as provided in
section 134-31, or a dealer licensed by the United States Department of Justice,
who brings, assembles, or causes to be brought into the State by any other means,
separate parts and an unfinished firearm receiver that when assembled create a
firearm, or parts created by a three-dimensional printer which when assembled
create a firearm, shall register the unfinished firearm receiver and receive a
serial number before the assembly of the firearm or the sale or transfer of
unassembled firearm parts or a receiver to a third party, in accordance with subsection
(b). Any sale or transfer of unfinished
firearm receivers by an authorized dealer to a third party shall be conducted
as if they were fully assembled firearms with a serial number engraved on the
firearm receiver and in accordance with the firearms permitting process in
section 134-2. All other firearms and
firearm receivers registered under this section shall be physically inspected
by the respective county chief of police or the chief's representative at the
time of registration.
(d) Registration shall not be required for:
(1) Any device that is designed to fire loose
black powder or that is a firearm manufactured before 1899;
(2) Any device not designed to fire or made
incapable of being readily restored to a firing condition; or
(3) All unserviceable firearms and destructive
devices registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, [
and Explosives of the United States Department of Justice pursuant to Title
27, Code of Federal Regulations."
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; "Ghost Guns"; Registration
Makes it a Class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number. Amends certain requirements relating to firearms registration.
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