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Four Anti-Gun Bills Left
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 AM :: 1892 Views :: Second Amendment

Four Anti-Gun Bills Left

from HIFICO, March 13, 2023

We started this legislative session with 49 gun bills and now at crossover were down to just four.

HB426 : Firearms; Firearm Industry Members; Standards of Conduct; Liability; Right of Action.

HB981 : Electric Guns; Sellers; Distributors; Licensing; Criminal History Background Check.

HB984 : Firearms; Licenses; Registration; Enforcement; Insurance.

SB1230 : Firearms; Concealed Carry; License to Carry; Sensitive Locations; Attorney General; Police; Report.

The fights are not over.

2023 Legislative Bills.  

Below is a list of the remaining bills relevant to firearms and the second amendment for the 2023 legislative session.

Click the bill number to be taken to the .GOV page for the bill.

This list can also be viewed in our bill tracking spreadsheet, which contains more information on the bills and their status.


HB426 : Firearms; Firearm Industry Members; Standards of Conduct; Liability; Right of Action


Establishes standards of conduct for firearm industry members. Authorizes any person who has suffered harm because of a firearm industry member’s violation of the standards of conduct to bring a civil action. Authorizes the attorney general or any county attorney or public prosecutor to bring a civil action against a firearm industry member for violation of standards of conduct.

HB981 : Electric Guns; Sellers; Distributors; Licensing; Criminal History Background Check


Authorizes a fingerprint-based criminal history background check by the county police departments of applicants for licenses to sell, offer to sell, distribute, or otherwise transfer electric guns or cartridges.

HB984 : Firearms; Licenses; Registration; Enforcement; Insurance


Amends, clarifies, and enacts provisions of chapter 134, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS); amends section 707-716, HRS; and amends and clarifies section 846-2.7(b), HRS. Amends and enacts requirements and processes regarding permits to acquire and licenses to carry a firearm; updates criteria governing when firearm ownership, possession, or control is prohibited; identifies locations within the State where carrying or possessing firearms is prohibited; requires a person carrying a firearm pursuant to a license to have in the person’s immediate possession the license and documentary evidence that the firearm being carried is registered; requires a person carrying a firearm in public pursuant to a license to maintain insurance coverage; requires that when a person carrying a firearm is stopped by a law enforcement officer or is a driver or passenger in a vehicle stopped by a law enforcement officer, the person shall immediately disclose to the law enforcement officer that the person is carrying a firearm and, upon request, identify the specific location of the firearm and present to the law enforcement officer a license or credentials to carry a firearm; prohibits leaving an unsecured firearm in a vehicle unattended; prohibits consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance while carrying a firearm; prohibits carrying a firearm on private property open to the public without express authorization; and amends, clarifies, and enacts other provisions relating to firearms. Provides that criminal history record checks may be conducted by county police departments on applicants for licenses to carry a pistol or revolver and ammunition pursuant to section 134-9, HRS.


SB1230 : Firearms; Concealed Carry; License to Carry; Sensitive Locations; Attorney General; Police; Report


Prohibits issuing authorities from issuing permits to acquire the ownership of a firearm to any person where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety, or welfare because the person is found to be lacking the essential character or temperament necessary to be entrusted with a firearm. Requires issuing authorities to consider the risks associated with firearms in the home and consider the likelihood an applicant would bring the firearm outside of the home to engage in violence or carry unlawfully in public. Increases requirements for applicants seeking a license to carry a firearm. Sets minimum requirements for applications for a license to carry a concealed firearm. Establishes the crime of carrying a firearm in a sensitive location. Defines sensitive location. Requires licenses to carry concealed firearms be revoked if certain conditions are met. Requires the Attorney General to publish an annual report on licenses to carry firearms. Requires firearms be kept in a locked container and out of plain view when in an unattended vehicle. Defines locked container and makes conforming amendments. Establishes penalties for violations.


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