S.B. NO.














relating to firearms Registration.





     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the registration of firearms is intended for all gun owners in the State.  The registration process is necessary for public safety to insure that a firearm is properly registered to an individual who is qualified and capable of owning firearms.  However, the legislature finds that the current firearms registration process is inefficient and requires excessive visits to county police stations, wasting time and money.

     The legislature further finds that the establishment of an online firearms registration process will streamline the registration process for firearm owners and registration officials, providing for a more efficient registration process.

     SECTION 2.  Section 134-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

     "§134-3  Registration, mandatory, exceptions.  (a)  Every person arriving in the State who brings or by any other manner causes to be brought into the State a firearm of any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique, shall register the firearm within five days after arrival of the person or of the firearm, whichever arrives later, with the chief of police of the county of the person's place of business or, if there is no place of business, the person's residence or, if there is neither a place of business nor residence, the person's place of sojourn.  A nonresident alien may bring firearms not otherwise prohibited by law into the State for a continuous period not to exceed ninety days; provided that the person meets the registration requirement of this section and the person possesses:

     (1)  A valid Hawaii hunting license procured under chapter 183D, part II, or a commercial or private shooting preserve permit issued pursuant to section 183D-34;

     (2)  A written document indicating the person has been invited to the State to shoot on private land; or

     (3)  Written notification from a firing range or target shooting business indicating that the person will actually engage in target shooting.

The nonresident alien shall be limited to a nontransferable registration of not more than ten firearms for the purpose of the above activities.

     Every person registering a firearm under this subsection shall be fingerprinted and photographed by the police department of the county of registration; provided that this requirement shall be waived where fingerprints and photographs are already on file with the police department.  The police department shall perform an inquiry on the person by using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System before any determination to register a firearm is made.

     (b)  Every person who acquires a firearm pursuant to section 134-2 shall register the firearm in the manner prescribed by this section within five days of acquisition.  The registration shall be on forms prescribed by the attorney general, which shall be uniform throughout the State, and shall include the following information:  name of the manufacturer and importer; model; type of action; caliber or gauge; serial number; and source from which receipt was obtained, including the name and address of the prior registrant.  If the firearm has no serial number, the permit number shall be entered in the space provided for the serial number, and the permit number shall be engraved upon the receiver portion of the firearm prior to registration.  All registration data that would identify the individual registering the firearm by name or address shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed to anyone, except as may be required for processing the registration or as may be required by a law enforcement agency for the lawful performance of its duties or as may be required by order of a court.

     (c)  Each county shall establish an online registration process for registering firearms that generally requires no more than two visits to the respective county police station per registration.  Any funds received from county firearm registration fees shall be used to pay for online registration processing costs.

     [(c)] (d)  Dealers licensed under section 134-31 or dealers licensed by the United States Department of Justice shall register firearms pursuant to this section on registration forms prescribed by the attorney general and shall not be required to have the firearms physically inspected by the chief of police at the time of registration.

     [(d)] (e)  Registration shall not be required for:

     (1)  Any device that is designed to fire loose black powder or that is a firearm manufactured before 1899;

     (2)  Any device not designed to fire or made incapable of being readily restored to a firing condition; or

     (3)  All unserviceable firearms and destructive devices registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms of the United States Department of Justice pursuant to Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations.

     [(e)] (f)  No fee shall be charged for the registration of a firearm under this section, except for a fee chargeable by and payable to the registering county for persons registering a firearm under subsection (a), in an amount equal to the fee actually charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the registering police department for a fingerprint check in connection with the registration.  In the case of a joint registration, the fee provided for in this section may be charged to each person."

     SECTION 3.  Section 134-32, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

     "§134-32  License to sell and manufacture firearms; conditions.  Every license issued pursuant to this part shall be issued and shall be regarded as having been accepted by the licensee subject to the following conditions:

     (1)  That the licensee at all times shall comply with all provisions of law relative to the sale of firearms.

     (2)  That the license during any time of national emergency or crisis, as defined in section 134-34, may be canceled or suspended.

     (3)  That all firearms in the possession and control of any licensee at any time of national emergency or crisis, as defined in section 134-34, may be seized and held in possession or purchased by or on the order of the governor until such time as the national emergency or crisis has passed, or until such time as the licensee and the government of the United States or the government of the State may agree upon some other disposition of the same.

     (4)  That all firearms in the possession and control of the licensee or registered pursuant to section [134-3(c)] 134-3(d) by the licensee shall be subject to physical inspection by the chief of police of each county during normal business hours at the licensee's place of business.

     (5)  That the license may be revoked for a violation of any of the conditions of this section."

     SECTION 4.  Each county shall work with county personnel, owners of firearms, and the Hawaii Rifle Association to create and implement an online firearms registration process pursuant to this Act by July 1, 2015, and shall submit a report to the legislature, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2016, on the status of the new online registration process.

     SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.








Report Title:

Public Safety; County Firearms Online Registration



Requires each county to establish an online firearms registration process to be fully implemented by July 1, 2015.




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