Hawaii has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, earning an A- on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Among other lifesaving laws, the state requires gun purchasers to obtain a license and complete a firearm safety course. In 2017, Hawaii had the lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the third-lowest rate. To further strengthen its gun laws, Hawaii could regulate untraceable and undetectable firearms (also known as ghost guns) and direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in underserved communities.

  • Firearm purchaser licensing (includes background check)

  • Firearm registration

  • Assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer and manufacturer licensing

  • Child access prevention law

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Open carry restrictions

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Ammunition purchase and sale regulation

  • 50 caliber rifle ban