GUIDELINES FOR CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM IN THE STATE OF HAWAII BY A “QUALIFIED RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER” PURSUANT TO 18 UNITED STATES CODE § 926C
If you bring a firearm to Hawaii and remain longer than three (3) days, you must register the firearm with the chief of police in the county in which you are doing business or staying. Every person arriving in the State, who brings or by any manner causes to be brought in the State a firearm, SHALL register the firearm with the chief of police of the county in which you are staying within three (3) days after arrival of the firearm or the person, whichever arrives later. Failing to register your firearm is a petty misdemeanor, punishable by up to six (6) months jail and/or a $1000 fine. See Hawaii Revised Statues §134‐3 for entire text.
‐ The firearm that you intend to carry pursuant to § 926C must be properly registered to you pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 134.
– The magazine capacity of your concealed firearm cannot exceed ten (10) rounds.
– How qualify to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Hawaii as a “qualified retired law enforcement officer?”
a. Obtain a photographic identification from the agency from which you retired as a law enforcement officer and have that agency certify you on your firearm.
1. The agency from which you retired may, in addition to issuing you a photographic identification, certify on the identification that you have been found by the agency to meet the standards established by that agency for training and qualification of active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.
2. In addition to the photographic identification and firearm certification, you must also meet all requirements set out in 18 U.S.C. § 926C for a “Qualified retired law enforcement officer.”
3. If all of the above conditions are met, you will be permitted pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Hawaii as a “Qualified retired law enforcement officer.”
4. It is important to note that photographic identification cards are the property of the issuing agency. 18 U.S.C. § 926C does not MANDATE an agency to issue photographic identification to retired law enforcement officers.
b. The agency from which you retired as a law enforcement officer may issue only a photographic identification without a firearm certification. If that is the case, you will need to obtain a firearm certification from the State of Hawaii. To obtain a firearm certification from the State of Hawaii that indicates that you have, not less than one year before the date that you carry a concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise have been found by the State of Hawaii to meet the standards established by the State of Hawaii for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C(d)(2)(A‐B), you must do the following:
1. Complete an “Application for State Of Hawaii Certification to Carry a Concealed Firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C and meet ALL requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 926C.
2. Complete a physical examination, which must include an eye test and hearing test. Your physician must also certify that you are physically capable of carrying and using a concealed firearm. All costs associated with the physical exam shall be paid by the Applicant.
3. Complete and sign waivers to allow for a mental health clearance and consent to release confidential information and records.
4. Complete a firearms certification program approved by the State of Hawaii. All costs related to obtaining the firearm certification from an approved firearm trainer are to be paid by the Applicant.
V. If the Agency from which you retired refuses to issue you a photographic dentification, you will not be able to meet the qualification requirement set out in 18 U.S.C. § 926C(d). The State of Hawaii will not recognize you as a “qualified retired law enforcement officer” and you will not be permitted to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Hawaii.
(If the public law enforcement agency from which you retired only provides you with an ID, you must get a firearm certification from the State in which you reside. Therefore, if you obtain an ID from your agency without firearm certification and you reside in the State of Hawaii, you must be certified in Hawaii in order to legally carry a concealed firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C.)
VI. If you meet all the requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 926C and H.R.S. chapter 134 and decide to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Hawaii, we would recommend the following:
a. Make sure that you have your governmental agency issued law enforcement photographic identification and Hawaii State Firearm Certification card whenever you are carrying an approved concealed firearm.
b. If stopped by a law enforcement officer (LEO), you should calmly indicate to the LEO that you are a retired law enforcement officer and in possession of a concealed weapon, pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. You should then present the officer with your governmental agency issued photographic identification and State firearm certification card.
c. It is suggested that you inform the County Police Chief where you reside that you have obtained a State Firearm Certification Card and a governmental agency issued law enforcement identification card so that the County will be aware that you intend to carry a concealed firearm pursuant to LEOSA and present ID for verification.
d. If stopped by a LEO you will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Hawaii only if the LEO can verify that you are in fact a “qualified retired law enforcement officer” pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C.
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