How to Sell a Gun in Hawaii

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Hawaii, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in Hawaii

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of Hawaii.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of Hawaii and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in Hawaii

When selling or transferring a handgun in Hawaii, you must obtain the recipient's permit at the time of the transaction, sign it in ink, and deliver it to the Hawaii Police Department within 48 hours, either in person or by registered mail.

For rifle or shotgun transactions, complete and sign the long gun transfer form in ink. This form must be submitted to the Hawaii Police Department within 48 hours of the transfer, either by hand delivery or registered mail.

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Hawaii ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

According to chapter 134 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, “Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons,” all firearms in Hawaii must be registered whether or not they are serviceable and no matter how they are acquired (through purchase, gift, inheritance, or any other means).

The applicant for a handgun permit must provide proof of a State of Hawaii Hunter Education course or an affidavit signed by a certified NRA instructor.

Hawaii Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

SB11 finds that Hawaii law requires a 14-day waiting period for all firearm permits, this applies both to first-time applicants and those who already own a firearm.

Age Requirements in Hawaii

Age requirements

Per the Hawaii police department, ff you wish to acquire a handgun or wish to acquire a shotgun or rifle for the first time, you must be at least 21 years old and a United States citizen.

Background Checks in Hawaii

Background Checks in Private Sales

Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers (but not private sellers) to initiate a background check on the purchaser prior to sale of a firearm.

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-2, states that both private sellers and licensed dealers may only sell to buyers who have a permit to acquire ownership of a firearm (no exceptions, includes inheritances). Chief of police in buyer's county of residence may issue permits pursuant to fingerprinting and registration.

Ineligible Persons in Hawaii

Ineligible Persons

§134-7 outlines that persons are not eligible to own or possess a firearm or ammunition if:

  • They are a fugitive from justice.
  • They are under indictment, have waived indictment or have been bound over to the circuit court for a felony, any crime of violence or illegal sale of any drug.
  • Have been convicted of a felony, any crime of violence or illegal sale of any drug.
  • Are or have been under treatment or counseling for addiction to or abuse of any dangerous, harmful, or detrimental drug or alcohol.
  • Have been acquitted of a crime on the grounds of mental disease or mental disorder.
  • Have been diagnosed as having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder or for treatment for organic brain syndromes.
  • Are younger than 25 and have been adjudicated by the family court to have committed a felony, two or more crimes of violence or an illegal sale of any drug.
  • Have been restrained by court order from contacting, threatening, or physically abusing another person.

Hawaii Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How long are offers good for?

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  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

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  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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