2020 BILLS

Current list of Bills introduced in the 2020 legislative session. You can click any bill to see more information about the bill.

Bill pages will be updated with testimony links when available.HB = House bill.
SB = State bill.


HB1598 : License to Carry Firearms; Concealed Carry; Open Carry; AG; County Chiefs of Police
Authorizes the attorney general to grant licenses to carry a pistol or revolver and ammunition therefor concealed or unconcealed statewide. Limits the county chiefs of police authority to grant licenses to carry. Amends the requirements and fee for licenses to carry.
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1599 : Permits to Obtain Rifles and Shotguns
Conforms the permitting process for rifles and shotguns to the process for pistols and revolvers.
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1600 : Firearms; Lending; Possession; Ownership; Background Checks
Repeals provisions that allow the lending of certain firearms for use within the State for up to 15 days and for use outside the State for up to 75 days without being subject to a background check and other requirements under chapter 134, HRS. Prohibits transferring the possession or ownership of any firearm to any person except as provided under chapter 134, HRS.
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1615 : Firearms; Possession Prohibited While Intoxicated
Prohibits any person from possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated, unless the person is in their own dwelling. Violation is a petty misdemeanor.
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1640 : Gun Violence; Short Form
Short form bill relating to gun violence.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1733 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; “Ghost Guns”; Registration
Makes it a Class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number. Amends certain requirements relating to firearms registration
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1734 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Permits to Acquire; Rifles; Shotguns
Requires a separate application and permit for the acquisition of each rifle or shotgun and shortens the duration of the permit’s validity from 1 year to 10 days.
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1736 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Large-Capacity Magazines; Prohibition
Prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of 10 rounds, regardless of the type of firearm with which the magazine is compatible. Makes an exception for possession and use by law enforcement agencies and officers
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1737 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Licenses to Carry; Fees
Establishes the Attorney General’s authority, and clarifies the respective county police chiefs’ existing authority, to grant licenses to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms. Specifies training requirements for license applicants. Amends the fee from a per-license to a per-application basis and increases the fee.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1790 : Self-Defense; Deadly Force; No Duty to Retreat; “Stand Your Ground” Law
Amends the law relating to the use of deadly force to clarify that in certain circumstances, a person using deadly force has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand the person’s ground.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – Click to see why


HB1902 : Firearms; Large Capacity Magazine; Prohibition
Extends the prohibition for large capacity magazines to all firearms, rather than just pistols. Provides an exception to the prohibition for law enforcement agencies and duly authorized officers.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB1967 : Self-protection, Public safety, Lethal force
Clarifies when force may be used to protect self, property, or a third person against unlawful force that could cause bodily harm.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – Click to see why


HB2232 : Firearms; Mental Health; Red Flags; Restrictions; Family Court Records
Prohibits certain individuals who, as a minor, were diagnosed with behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders or adjudicated by the family court to have committed a certain number of crimes of violence from owning firearms unless the person has been medically documented to be no longer either adversely affected by the behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder or deemed a danger to themselves or others. Requires records of these diagnoses or adjudications to be made available to law enforcement officials.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2229 : Concealed Carry Reform
Amends concealed carry statute to align with constitutional law. Add more rigorous training measures for licensed concealed carry residents.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – Click to see why


HB2291 : The Law Enforcement Officers Safety ActEstablishes
In the
Department of the Attorney General a program responsible for issuing firearm qualification certifications to qualified law enforcement officers pursuant to the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-277), as codified at 18 United States Code section 926C


HB2292 : Electric Guns
Repeals section 134-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the current law that bans electric guns, and replaces it with a law that restricts the use, storage, transfer, and disposal of electric guns, regulates the sale of electric guns, requires training and education on electric guns, prohibits certain individuals from the possession and use of electric guns, and prohibits the use of electric guns in the commission of crimes.


HB2465 : Firearms; Permits to Acquire; U.S. Nationals
Authorizes county police chiefs to issue permits to acquire firearms to U.S. nationals who otherwise meet all of the applicable criteria under section 134-2, HRS.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – Click to see why


HB2479 : Crime; Protection of Self, Others, or Property; Reimbursement
Provides reimbursement of reasonable legal costs to defendants charged with an offense under certain sections of the Penal Code if the defendant is found not guilty because the use of force upon or toward another person is justifiable because of self-protection, protection of others, or protection of property.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – Click to see why


HB2631 : Firearm Permitting; Mental Health; Mandatory Review
Requires the chief of police in a county issuing a firearm permit to conduct a mandatory review of an applicant’s mental health records.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2710: Temporary Restraining Orders; Protective Orders; Domestic Abuse; Malicious Property Damage; Harassment; Violation; Firearm Search
Permits a law enforcement officer to search a person convicted of violating certain temporary restraining orders or protective orders, including the person’s motor vehicle and the person’s residence, for firearms without obtaining a search warrant if the law enforcement officer has reason to believe acts of abuse, malicious property damage, or harassment by the person are imminent. Specifies that a seized firearm shall not be used for a subsequent conviction if the original search lacked probable cause but authorizes law enforcement to maintain the firearm until the registered owner can prove the firearm will be safely stored.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2736 : Ammunition; Purchase; License to Sell
Requires the licensing of sellers of ammunition, and for the identification and proper permitting of purchasers or possessors of ammunition. Regulates ammunition in the same manner that firearms are regulated.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2746 : Firearms; Permits to Acquire; Safety and Training Requirements; Aliens
Establishes uniform firearms safety and training requirements for applicants of permits to acquire firearms, regardless of firearm type. Prohibits the issuance of permits to acquire firearms to aliens who are not state law enforcement officers.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2744 : Gun Violence Prevention; Research; Special Fund; Appropriation.
Establishes the Hawaii Gun Violence Prevention Center to assist law enforcement, analyze data, and conduct research necessary to help reduce gun violence. Creates a special fund to support the Center. Appropriates funds.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2002 : Firearms; Possession Prohibited While Intoxicated

Prohibits any person from possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated, unless the person is in their own dwelling. Violation is a petty misdemeanor.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2201 : Firearm buyback centers
Requires the department of public safety to establish a firearm buyback center in each county in the State. Makes an appropriation.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2151 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; “Ghost Guns”; Registration
Makes it a Class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm having no serial number. Amends certain requirements relating to firearms registration.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2152 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Permits to Acquire; Rifles; Shotguns
Requires a separate application and permit for the acquisition of each rifle or shotgun and shortens the duration of the permit’s validity from 1 year to 10 days.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2154  : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Large-Capacity Magazines; Prohibition
Prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of 10 rounds, regardless of the type of firearm with which the magazine is compatible. Makes an exception for possession and use by law enforcement agencies and officers.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2155 : Honolulu Police Department Package; Firearms; Licenses to Carry; Fees
Establishes the Attorney General’s authority, and clarifies the respective county police chiefs’ existing authority, to grant licenses to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms. Specifies training requirements for license applicants. Amends the fee from a per-license to a per-application basis and increases the fee.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2437 : Electric Guns; Licenses; Regulation; Prohibition

Repeals the ban on electric guns. Establishes a regulatory structure for the sale and transfer of electric guns by licensed persons. Allows for the use of electric guns for self-defense, defense of another person, and protection of property. Restricts the use, storage, transfer, and disposal of electric guns. Requires training and education on electric guns. Prohibits certain individuals from possessing and using electric guns. Prohibits the use of electric guns in the commission of crimes.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2456 : Firearms; Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant; Prohibited Possession of Firearms and Ammunition
Prohibits a person who has been twice convicted within ten years of committing the offense of operating a vehic le under the influence of an intoxicant from owning, possessing, or controlling any firearm or ammunition.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2517 : Firearms; Permits to Acquire; Rifles; Shotguns
Requires a separate application and permit for the acquisition of each rifle or shotgun and shortens the duration of the permit’s validity from 1 year to 10 days
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2518 : Firearms; Licenses to Carry; Fees
Establishes the Attorney General’s authority, and clarifies the respective county police chiefs’ existing authority, to grant licenses to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms. Specifies training requirements for license applicants. Amends the fee from a per-license to a per-application basis and increases the fee.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2519 : Firearms; Large-Capacity Magazines; Prohibition
Prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds, regardless of the type of firearm with which the magazine is compatible. Makes an exception for possession and use by law enforcement agencies and officers
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2626 : Firearms; Assault Weapons Ban; Assault Pistols; Detachable Magazines
Defines “assault rifle” and “assault shotgun”. Expands the ban on pistols with a detachable magazine with over ten round capacity to any firearm with a detachable magazine with over ten round capacity. Prohibits anyone from bringing or causing to be brought into the State an assault rifle or assault shotgun. Prohibits the sale or transfer of any assault rifle or assault shotgun in the State, unless sold or transferred to an authorized person.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2635 : Ammunition; Purchase; License to Sell
Requires the licensing of sellers of ammunition, and for the identification and proper permitting of purchasers or possessors of ammunition. Regulates ammunition in the same manner that firearms are regulated.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2728 : Crime; Protection of Self, Others, or Property; Reimbursement
Provides reimbursement of reasonable legal costs to defendants charged with an offense under certain sections of the Penal Code if the defendant is found not guilty because the use of force upon or toward another person is justifiable because of self-protection, protection of others, or protection of property.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – click to see why


SB2743 : Electric Guns; Ban; Repeal
Repeals the ban on the possession, offering for sale, holding for sale, selling, giving, lending, or delivering of electric guns.
HIFICO’s position: SUPPORT – click to see why


SB2811 : Firearms; Lending; Firearm Permit; Firearm Registration
Specifies that a rifle or shotgun may be lent to an adult who is twenty-one years of age or older. Repeals the authorization to lend a rifle or shotgun without a permit. Restricts the lending of a rifle or shotgun to twelve hours. Repeals language that authorized the use of a rifle or shotgun outside of the State for up to seventy-five days. Requires an adult who is borrowing a firearm to have either a firearm permit or a registered firearm, and is not prohibited to own or possess a firearm. Prohibits a person from lending a firearm, in addition to a person who is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to a person who does not have a firearm permit or does not have a registered firearm
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2847 : The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act
Establishes in the Department of the Attorney General a program responsible for issuing firearm qualification certifications to qualified law enforcement officers pursuant to the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-277), as codified at 18 United States Code section 926C.


SB2848 : RELATING TO ELECTRIC GUNS.
Repeals section 134-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the current law that bans electric guns, and replaces it with a law that restricts the use, storage, transfer, and disposal of electric guns, regulates the sale of electric guns, requires training and education on electric guns, prohibits certain individuals from the possession and use of electric guns, and prohibits the use of electric guns in the commission of crimes.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB2943 : Firearms; “Ghost Guns”; Registration
Makes it a Class C felony to purchase, manufacture, or otherwise obtain firearm parts for the purpose of assembling a firearm with no serial number. Amends certain requirements relating to firearms registration.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB3053 : Firearms; Gun Safety; Registration
Amends section 134-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to require the registration of firearms that are moved out of the State. Creates a penalty of a petty misdemeanor for any person who fails to register a firearm that is moved out of the State.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


SB3053 : Firearms; Gun Safety; Registration
Amends section 134-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to require the registration of firearms that are moved out of the State. Creates a penalty of a petty misdemeanor for any person who fails to register a firearm that is moved out of the State.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why