Hawaii Boasts Some of Strictest Gun Control Laws

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - As the Honolulu, Hawaii police continue to investigate the murder of seven people in an office building that houses Xerox Corporation what is also coming into question is how did the shootings occur in a state that has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

Hawaiian state law requires a permit to purchase handguns, shotguns and rifles as well as the registration of all firearms and ammunition. Hawaii also requires individuals to register firearms and ammunition within three days of transporting the materials into the state. It is the only state to require the registration of all firearms, with the exception of the District of Columbia.

State law also requires a separate permit for the purchase of each handgun. An applicant cannot be issued a permit earlier than 14 calendar days after the date of application. No permits are issued to those under the age of 21. Permits for acquiring pistols or revolvers will not be granted unless the person has completed a firearms safety course.

Possession of firearms and ammunition, according to Hawaiian state law, is restricted to the owner's home, place of business, a gun shop or a target range or the "traveling in between."

Hawaii state law also bans the "manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds for pistols."

In 1992, the state of Hawaii made it unlawful for assault pistols to be brought into the state. "No assault pistol may be sold or transferred on or after July 1, 1992, to anyone within the State other than to a licensed dealer of the state of Hawaii or the chief of police."