Safe Storage, Gun Lock Requirements & Laws

Gun Deaths Per Year
Highest Gun Death Rate
Gun Deaths Per 100K Residents
Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements
Young People And Guns
Hawaii Gun Laws
Federal Law
Gun Suicide
Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements

  • Hawaii does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons.
  • Hawaii law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm.
  • Federal Law still applies
  • Measures related to safe storage of firearms, see the Hawaii Child Access Prevention section. 

Source: GiffordsLawCenterHawaii

Young People And Guns

  • Exposure to gun violence can cause lasting trauma, leading to PTSD, chronic stress and decreased future earnings. 
  • 2008-2017, 54 people under age 25 were killed with a gun in Hawaii.

Hawaii Gun Laws

  • Hawaii has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation.
  • 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. (Woohoo! Way to go Hawaii!)
  • Third-lowest rate for exported crime guns.
  • Hawaii could regulate untraceable and undetectable firearms (also known as ghost guns)
  • Hawaii could direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in under-served communities. 
  • Has open carry restrictions
  • Handgun Safety design standards
  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit.
  • Child access prevention law
  • Background checks on firearm purchaser licensing 

Source: GiffordsLawCenterHawaii

Federal Law

  • It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
    • The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
    • The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
    • There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
    • January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
    • On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
    • Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
    • A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”

Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013): https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/wh_now_is_the_time_full.pdf


Gun Suicide

  • More than 72% of gun deaths in Hawaii are suicides.
  • Nearly 18% of all suicide deaths in Hawaii involve firearms.
  • 2008-2017, 358 people in Hawaii died by gun related suicide.

Sources: CDC WONDER, ATF Firearms Trace Data Report, Giffords, FBI Supplementary Homicide Reports.

Hawaii has taken proactive steps into protecting it’s residents, enacting some of the strongest gun laws in the country and setting an example for other states!

Gun Laws Hawaii Does Have…

  • Gun Owner Licensing
  • Firearm Registration
  • Child Access Prevention Laws
  • Certain Open Carry Regulations
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders
  • Waiting Periods
  • Minimum Age Laws
  • Lost & Stolen Firearm Reporting
  • Partial Large Capacity Magazine Ban
  • Certain Assault Weapon Restrictions
  • Domestic Violence Gun Laws
  • Strong Concealed Carry Law

What Hawaii Is Missing!

  • Safe Storage Laws
  • Bulk Firearm Purchase Restrictions
  • Mircrostamping Requirements
  • Ammunition Sale Regulations

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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