Gun laws in Hawaii

hawaii_2009_01Did I mention that I was going on a family vacation to Maui? I have been there twice before and have written about it on my previous blog site. But it’s worth reviewing the gun laws of Hawaii since they are strong and effective. Let’s take a look from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:


Among other things, Hawaii:

Yikes. Licensing and registration! Surely there must be confiscation. But no. No mention anywhere of wholesale confiscation of guns.

Hawaii gets a grade of A- from the Law Center. And, well, wouldn’t you know it, the state has the lowest gun death rate in the U.S. And for those people who still believe that President Obama was not born in America, Hawaii is, indeed, one of the 50 states.

And this is NOT fake news by the way. Facts matter when it comes to determining whether strong gun laws work. And they do. States that have strong gun laws generally have lower gun death rates.

It would really be hard to imagine someone carrying a loaded gun around in their swim trunks or bikini, right? And when jumping into the pool, leaving the gun sit around in a purse or a holster ripe for the taking? Or on boogie boards or surf boards or paddle boards- who needs a gun? The sun and the waves call people to the sea and relaxation. Whale watching, fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, viewing the volcano-no need for a gun.

I suppose there might be some idiot who thinks he/she needs one in their bathing suit. They could always buy this crotch holster for wearing under their suits and shorts. Looks comfortable to me. Or there is the bra holder for a concealed gun. That usually goes well. Also comfortable.

Does anyone remember when this happened?

A Michigan woman accidentally shot herself to death last month while adjusting the .22-caliber revolver in her bra holster, police said Wednesday.

Christina Bond, 55, was struck in an eye in her St. Joseph home on New Year’s Day. She died the next day in a Kalamazoo hospital, where she had been airlifted.

“She was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to,” St. Joseph Public Safety Director Mark Clapp told the Kalamazoo Gazette. “She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon.”


She had two children.

Guns are not to be carried everywhere by everyone. Hawaii has that right, thank goodness.

Our main danger could be getting too close to a whale while watching from the boat, or drinking too many Pina Coladas or falling from a hotel balcony, a tsunami,  or even getting in a car accident on the curvy and very busy roads.

The risk of a mass shooting while visiting or getting luggage off of the airport carousel seem nil. Hawaii has not had a mass shooting since 1999 after which the state legislature passed a law requiring doctors to reveal mental status of people buying guns.

What a novel idea. It is still in existence today.

I will be happy to be visiting a state that has common sense when it comes to guns and gun policy. If only others would follow suit. But then, others have lapdog politicians doing the bidding of the gun lobby.


8 thoughts on “Gun laws in Hawaii

  1. j. Edwards says:

    Hawaii is indeed a prime example of a state with tough gun laws. You are incorrect however, when you state that confiscation doesn’t happen.

    In both New York and California, new laws have created situations where gun owners find that their previously lawfully owned firearms have become illegal and to comply with the law, they must either sell them out of state or surrender them to the police for destruction. New York’s SAFE Act accomplished this quite a few years ago. Just last year California’s Safety For All ballot question passed and made all previously “grandfathered” magazines that held more then ten rounds of ammunition illegal to own. California also banned all new handguns from being sold within the state by requiring manufactures to create guns with parts that don’t exist, (micro-stamping firing pins). If you cannot keep your previously-legal firearms and accessories and cannot buy a new version, that is the same as confiscation.

  2. j. Edwards says:

    Well let’s say I lived in California and I refused to destroy or sell my previously legal property. What do you think the police would do if they caught me with it?

  3. j. Edwards says:

    Exactly. I would be criminal and my previously lawful possessions would be confiscated. So explain to me again how these laws won’t confiscate anything.

  4. j. Edwards says:

    But the law says this hypothetical version of me has to surrender my stuff or I will be imprisoned and my items would be confiscated. Why can’t you recognize that current California law is allowing police to confiscate legally purchased guns and magazines? Don’t worry Ms. Peterson, I live in Nevada where we still have some freedoms left and can buy and own what we like, (if I did the same thing across the state line, I’d be a felon and all of my guns would be confiscated).

    What your’e basically telling me is; as long as I only want guns and accessories determined to be appropriate for me to own by the state, then I should’t fear confiscation…..until the next round of legislation that bans another firearm or accessory?

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