Hawaii Bill Regulates Ammunition, Requires Permit

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Legislation introduced in Hawaii by State Senator Karl Rhoads would require a license to sell ammunition and a permitting process to purchase or possess ammunition. Under the language in Senate Bill 2635 ammunition possession and purchase would be regulated in the same manner as firearms. SB 2635 has been referred to the Hawaii Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee where it has a hearing scheduled today, Feb. 6, at 1:15 p.m. (HST) in Conference Room 229 of the Hawaii State Capitol.


Take Action Today! Hawaii sportsmen should call their state senators and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 2635. Hawaii members can contact their senators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Directory.


Current law in Hawaii requires a license to sell or manufacture firearms and a permit to purchase a gun. No person can possess the firearm of another, regardless of consent, without a permit issued from the chief of police of a political subdivision. There are currently no regulations requiring licensure or permits to manufacture, possess or transfer ammunition.

Senate Bill 2635 would change this and require proof of registration for a firearm you own if you wish to buy ammunition for a specific caliber. You would be unable to possess or transfer any ammunition owned by another person without a permit from the chief of police in your political subdivision. SB 2635 would also require a license to manufacture or sell ammunition. Based on this language, your lifelong hunting partner would be breaking the law if he bought ammunition for a hunting trip that was not for his own personal use. Persons found guilty of the provisions in this bill would face a minimum of three months in jail.

 “This legislation will create unnecessary barriers for Hawaiian’s to share hunting and shooting sports with family, friends and colleagues,” said Jacob Hupp associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “A father would be subject to jail time if he shared ammunition with his son while engaging in lawful hunting or shooting activities based on the language in this bill.”

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