What’s the Law: Airguns

WHAT’S THE LAW?

BY DARRYL CHOY

Topic: Air Guns

Question: What’s the basic law on air guns?

Answer: The City and County of Honolulu Ordinance on air guns prohibits the possession of an air gun on public property unless it is unloaded and cased. A person must be 18 or older to own or possess an air gun. An air gun can be discharged on private property; however the BB or pellet cannot travel outside of private property. The air gun cannot be discharged in a manner that would endanger people or property. The air gun laws are different for each county. Penalties include a year in jail and a $500 fine

(see Article 8. Air Guns, sections 41-8.2, 8.3 and 8.6, City and County of Honolulu, Ordinances).

Air guns are not firearms as defined by federal or Hawaii laws, so you do not need a permit to acquire or registeration at the police department.

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