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Hawaii’s Young Guns

Meet Honolulu’s new generation of gun owners.


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Hawaii Gun Registration Trends

Across the nation and locally, recent increases in gun buying have been linked to suggestions of tighter gun laws, often prompted by tragic mass shootings. Even Obama’s re-election prompted spikes in gun purchases across the country. Here are Hawaii’s gun registration trends and how they correspond to recent events.

Hawaii gun registration trends.


2008 — President Barack Obama elected
2009 — Fort Hood massacre (Nov. 5)
2011 — U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and 18 others are shot in Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 8)
2012 — Obama re-elected
2012 — Aurora, Colo., theater shootings (July 20)
2012 — Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. (Dec. 14)

Source: State Attorney General’s Office

Buying and Registering a Firearm in Honolulu

Charting the Path for New Gun Owners

Decide what kind of firearm you plan to purchase.


Long Gun (rifles and shotguns)

Take a handgun safety class from a National Rifle Association-certified instructor and obtain notarized proof that you’ve completed the class. You will only need to do this once.

Submit your application at HPD. Wait 14 days.

Buy firearm at gun store. Get make, model, caliber, action, barrel length, and serial number on receipt.

Pick up permit at HPD within six days. You may purchase multiple firearms with a single permit. It is good for one year.



Submit your application at HPD. You must obtain separate permits for each handgun you plan to acquire. Wait 14 days.

Pick up permit at HPD within six days. The permit is good for 10 days.

Bring permit to gun shop

Pick up your firearm.
You have two days to register your handgun with HPD and five days for a long gun.

Bring both the firearm and the permit to HPD.

Register firearm at HPD.

Source: Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Rifle Association

Complete the application forms online at honolulupd.org.

When applying at the Honolulu Police Department, Alapai headquarters, you will need:

1. Completed application  forms.
2. Exact change for a one-  time FBI fee of $16.50.
3. Driver’s license or state ID.
4. If you were born outside of the U.S., bring proof of citizenship.

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