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Hawaii Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 07/15/2019
Carry allowed with my Hawaii permit?
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State

Summary of Hawaii Gun Laws

Hawaii is a may-issue state. The county chief of police may grant a permit "in an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant's person or property."

A permit to purchase, a background check and firearms registration are required to buy a handgun from a private individual. All firearms and ammunition must be registered with the chief of police of the county of one's place of business, one's residence or one's place of sojourn (temporary place of lodging). The minimum age to apply for a permit is 21 years old.

The possession of all firearms and ammunition is restricted to the possessor's place of business, residence or sojourn, but it is lawful to carry firearms and ammunition in an enclosed container or other suitable container from the place of purchase to the purchaser's home, place of business or place of sojourn; or between these places when moving; or between these places and a place of repair, police station, licensed dealer's place of business, firearms show or exhibit or a target range.

Non-residents may transport a firearm to the state provided they possess a hunting license, shooting preserve permit or invitation to shoot on private land, or written notification from a firing range indicating the person will engage in target shooting.  Any firearms must be registered at a police station within 72 hours of arrival. Current law requires fingerprinting and having a photograph taken. A permit is provided for each firearm/make/model/serial number.

Hawaii permits open carry and concealed carry of handguns on the person with a Hawaii license to carry, which is only valid in the county of issue. The minimum age is 21 years old.  Carrying a loaded firearm without a license to carry, whether openly or concealed, including in a vehicle, is a class B felony. Concealed carry permits require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. Permits are valid in the issuing county only. The state and county of Hawaii have sought rehearing of the Young v. Hawaii court case by the Ninth Circuit due to Hawaii's restrictive handgun permitting policies. In terms of reciprocity, Hawaii does not honor CCW licenses from any other state.

Hawaii is a Castle Doctrine state. Any person who uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law. There is no duty to retreat inside one's home or place of business. Outside of those locations, there is a duty to retreat if it can be done in "complete safety."

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Hawaii Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Hawaii allow constitutional carry?


Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Hawaii?

Yes, with a Hawaii license to carry, but licenses are rarely issued.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Hawaii requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

May Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Hawaii to get a concealed carry permit?


Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Hawaii with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?


Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Hawaii issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?


Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Hawaii allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?


Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Hawaii?

Yes, only with a Hawaii license to carry. Hawaii generally prohibits any person from carrying or possessing a loaded firearm on any public highway.

[Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-26]
Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Hawaii?

Yes, with a Hawaii license to carry.

[Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-26]
Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Hawaii?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Hawaii?

Yes, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Hawaii have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Hawaii state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Hawaii?


Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Hawaii have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Hawaii have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing and Teflon-coated ammunition is prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Hawaii? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. Per Haw. Rev. Stat. § 708-814, Criminal trespass in the second degree. 

This section includes detailed descriptions of what constitutes trespass on a variety of premises.

[Haw. Rev. Stat. § 708-814]

Does Hawaii have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

No.  Local governments in Hawaii retain authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and local licensing authorities in Hawaii have discretion in determining whether to issue a license to carry a firearm.

[Haw. Rev. Stat. § 46-1.5]
Red Flag Law?

Does Hawaii have a red flag law?


Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Hawaii?

No. Stun guns and Tasers are illegal [§134-16].

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  "
Article 1, Section 15

Hawaii Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Hawaii honor?

None. Hawaii has no reciprocity.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Hawaii

Which states honor permits from Hawaii?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Hawaii

Which states honor permits from Hawaii with restrictions?


Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Hawaii Concealed Carry Permit Information


An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Be a lawful resident of Hawaii;
  • Be able to show reason to fear injury to his or her person or property;
  • Be able to possess a firearm under Hawaii law;
  • Not have been judged to be insane or incapacitated under Hawaii law;
  • Be qualified to use a firearm; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

$10 for initial and renewal permits; $42.00 for fingerprinting

Valid For:

1 year

Processing Time:

No time specified by statute.


There is no online application.

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Hawaii doesn’t issue permits to non-residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Contact your county chief of police.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Contact your county chief of police.

Hawaii Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Hawaii Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

No process is outlined in the rules. Contact your county chief of police and provide the reason you fear injury to your person or property. 

Firearms Training Requirements in Hawaii

Although Hawaii does not specifically require firearms safety training for a license to carry firearms, firearms safety training is a prerequisite to obtaining a permit to purchase or possess a pistol or revolver under state law. Under state law, no person may obtain a permit to acquire a handgun unless he or she has completed:

  • An approved hunter education course as authorized under state law;
  • 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; 
  • 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
  • A firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or NRA-certified firearms instructor or a certified military firearms instructor that provides a minimum of 2 hours of live-fire training at a firing range and a total of at least 4 hours of classroom instruction — which may include video — that focuses on:
    • The safe use, handling and storage of firearms and firearms safety in the home; and
    • Education on the firearms-related laws of Hawaii.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Hawaii Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Hawaii Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

No permits have ever been renewed. 

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Qualified LEOs and RLEOs that meet the requirements of 18 USC §926B and Hawaii State laws are permitted to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Hawaii. The State of Hawaii has implemented a “Firearm Certification Program” for qualified retired law enforcement officers that obtained a photographic identification from the law enforcement agency they retired from but did not receive a firearm certification from that agency. Some key Hawaii firearms laws include:

Guidelines for active LEOs and RLEOs can be found at the following links.

Guideline For Carrying A Concealed Firearm In The State of Hawaii by a “Qualified Law Enforcement Officer” 

Guideline For Carrying A Concealed Firearm In The State of Hawaii by a “Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer”

The State of Hawaii awarded the firearm certification portion of the program to Star Protection Agency. You will not be able to enroll in the firearm certification portion of the program offered by SPA until you have received a letter from the Criminal Justice Division, Department of the Attorney General, indicating that you have met all LEOSA requirements and are cleared to take the firearm certification. 

State of Hawaii Firearm Certification Requirements for Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officers

LEOSA Firearm Certification Instructions

Application for Hawaii Firearm Certification to Carry a Concealed Firearm

LEOSA Certification of Medical Examination

Additional Link

Hawaii Criminal Justice Division LEOSA page

Hawaii Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Hawaii?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes, but not in buildings.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? No.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Hawaii?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Secured areas of airports and airplanes; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Hawaii Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Hawaii?


Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Hawaii?


Are background checks required for private gun sales in Hawaii?


Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Hawaii?

There is a minimum 14-day wait when applying for a purchase permit except for sales to state or federally licensed dealers, law enforcement officers, persons with a license to carry a handgun or where a firearm is registered pursuant to state law.

What are the knife laws in Hawaii?

Only balisongs and switchblades are banned in Hawaii. Any other type of knife is legal. You can open carry any knife. You can conceal carry any knife other than a dirk or dagger.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in HI?

Not addressed in state statutes.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Related Information & Links for Hawaii Gun Laws

Hawaii Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details

Added info regarding the newly signed Red Flag bill into the At A Glance table


Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


Links checked


Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)


Links checked


Added info and a link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table


Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology


Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table


Added red flag law info to At A Glance table


Added info to


Added church info to location restrictions section


Links checked


Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication


Mag limit added to At A Glance table


Added preemption info to At A Glance table


Added parking lot info to At A Glance table


Added links


Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Hawaii

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