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Hawaii has taken courageous steps to protect its residents, enacting some of the strongest gun laws in the country and setting an example for other states.

Among other lifesaving laws, the state requires gun purchasers to obtain a license and complete a firearm safety course. In 2021, Hawaii had the second lowest gun death rate among the states. Hawaii also supplied crime guns to other states at the third lowest rate among the states. Hawaii also imported crime guns from other states at the lowest rate in the nation.

What Hawaii Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Firearm Registration
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Certain assault weapon restrictions
  • Partial large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Minimum age laws
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Ghost gun regulations

What Hawaii Is Missing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Ammunition sale regulations
  • Safe storage laws
  • Microstamping requirements



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.