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Bringing a gun to Hawaii - DO IT!!!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by simpleguy, May 14, 2012.

  1. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    A couple months ago I started at thread about bringing a firearm to Hawaii on vacation.

    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/general-firearm-discussion/86246-taking-firearm-maui.html

    There were lots of folks who implored me not to do it, but I'm a bit stubborn and set about to legally take a couple handguns to Maui and shoot an IPSC match while I was there.

    Here's how I did it:
    1. Googled up an read about Hawaii's firearms laws & read them in their entirety.
    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0134/HRS_0134-0002.htm
    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0134/HRS_0134-0003.htm

    2. Googled up "the best gun shop on Maui" and found DT Sports. DT Sports - Maui Hawaii I spoke to "Dennis the Menace", the owner and said, "Hey, I'd like to bring a few handguns with me and shoot a competition while I'm here, can you tell me how? I'll buy my ammo from you and a few mags as well just for holding my hand." Hold my hand he did. He gave me names, places, etc. Here's the short version:
    a. 10round mags only
    b. you have to register your handguns within 72hrs. of arrival
    c. you need to have a signed bill of sale(copy OK) for when you originally purchased the firearms you brought with you.
    d. you need to be at the Maui(in my case) County Sheriff's office between 8-3 Maui County, HI - Official Website - Firearms

    3. We arrived in Maui on Friday at 1:30 and couldn't get there due to a dead battery in the car, so we elected to go Monday morning(this morning). We got to the Sheriff's office at 7:50am(I left my magazines in the car, just to make it smooth) at which time they took my cased firearms, bills of sale and copy of my ID, and sent me over to be printed and have a Polaroid taken. When I got back with my fingerprint card and Polaroid, they had my handguns/case and registration waiting for me. I signed the registration forms(I brought 2 handguns), they handed my copies of what I signed and by 8:35 I was on my way.

    About the competition, it was at the Ukumehame Firing Range just off the Highway on the way to Lahaina.
    Maui County, HI - Official Website
    I'd never done IPSC before, even though the club I belong to has it. So I arrived on Sunday at 8:30, they were already set up and walking through the stages. Dan C. and Barry A. both stepped in and helped me through safety, rules and scoring. It was amazing. In fact I can't stop talking about it. Some of the people I've met here have said, "you can shoot in Maui?" or "it only cost you $5 and another $40 for ammo?, Gee, that's gotta be the cheapest attraction on the island!". The great thing is, I'm now on their "list", so I'll be back with them next time I'm here, hopefully I'll be in the top half next time.

    The gun I brought was a relatively stock(stainless guiderod,marine spring cups and grip plug) Glock 17, so the allowed me to shoot production class. All in all, I was #20 out of #23, which was my goal, not to be at the bottom. I had a blast, met some great people and can't wait to do it again. They do this pretty much every Sunday, too bad my flight leaves too early for me to do it again this Sunday.

    So, to sum it all up. Do it, bring a gun to Hawaii, but cover your bases, do your research, talk to the right people and just ask for help. You'll be amazed at how easy it'll be.
    Scotty
     
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  2. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a goatrope. No offense meant and I am glad you enjoyed it but I refuse to be analy probed for a constitutionaly guaranteed right.
     
  3. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    Interesting... "Within 72 hours of your arrival" (or, according to the law itself, "three days".) What if you're in the state for less than 72 hours/three days?
     
  4. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't have bills of sale for any of my guns
     
  5. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Avoid fascist states.
     
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  6. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like only slightly less hassle than buying a NFA item...with a tighter timeline. I just take a knife.
     
  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like Hawaii might be the most anti-gun state in the US.
     
  8. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    @slimer13 - No offense taken. I understand your point of view.
    @wakejoe - I try to avoid fascist states as well.
    @ DoubleTapDrew - I brought a knife too.
    @RVTECH - The deputy that did my prints was from Massachusettes, he thought the laws here we benign and was amazed that you don't have to have any kind of license in Oregon/Washington.

    For all, this is a tutorial to HELP people bring and use a handgun in the state of Hawaii. There's LOTS of misinformation out there. I chose to do this because if I didn't, I'd be like everyone else out there, doing exactly what the bureaucrats want, which is to keep firearms out. I'm not exactly thrilled with the registration process, but honestly, I've taken 3CHL courses, 2defensive handgun courses and hold CHL's from Oregon and Utah, they've already got my number.

    Lets keep this positive going forward, please.
     
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  9. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Even with all that hooplaw you couldn't conceal it, could you? Just legally have it and shoot it in Hawaii, right? When picking places for our Honneymoon Hawaii was a no-go....
     
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  10. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    I will keep this positive Simpleguy. Thanks for enlightening me about Hawaii's gun laws. :thumbup:
     
  11. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Maybe it would be easier to rent from DT for a match. There may be a market for IPSC, Speed Steel, or maybe even cowboy action in paradise.

    When I go there I rent a Harley. Why not rent a set of SASS Ruger Vaqueros, a 73 lever, and a couch gun for a cowboy match (Bring your own holsters and boots)
     
  12. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    We got married in Hawaii, some 25 years ago. Never gave it a thought that I couldn't carry there.

    Thanks for the info even though we don't ever plan on going back unless it's on a cruise ship.
     
  13. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you had a good time. Congrats!
     
  14. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    They can always be created...
     
  15. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I agree - why would they even consider needing them? Seems like an unnecessary, moot point. But they probably know a lot of gun owners do not have them so this weeds out many who might actually consider taking guns to Hawaii.
     
  16. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Interesting - not something I'd do on vacation, but thanks for posting a tutorial on this. I had a vague notion that gun laws were stricter in Hawaii, but didn't realize they required registration.
     
  17. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    That is a tough one for sure. I just got back from a week on the big island. I REALLY liked it there. I have been many places that are nice but home has always been home. I would actually consider moving to HI.
     
  18. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap...I don't think any of the guns I own qualify. Not to mention; how many 500m ranges are there?
     
  19. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I went to Maui earlier this year and figured there would be too many hoops to jump through to bring a pistol.
    Looks like I was right. :bluelaugh:

    I did meet a few people over there that offered to take me to the range, but I never had the time.
    My benchmade helped me keep my sense of security.
     
  20. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I seriously doubt even my Benchmade is legal there