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.


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


HB1640 : Gun Violence; Short Form
Short form bill relating to gun violence.
HIFICO’s position: 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


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.
HIFICO’s position: OPPOSE – Click to see why


HB2709 : RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
Requires a personal representative of a decedent appointed under the Uniform Probate Code to notify the police department of the appropriate county of any and all firearms in an estate. Requires the police department to certify that all registered firearms in an estate and other firearms of which the police department has been notified are properly transferred or disposed of before the estate may close.
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


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


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


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


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


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.


SB3054 : 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