What’s the Law: Back-to-back gun sales without intermediate registration

WHAT’S THE LAW?
BY DARRYL CHOY
Topic: Back-to-back gun sales without intermediate registration

QUESTION: Can I resell a long gun I just bought before I register it (before the five days) and skip registration altogether?

ANSWER: No. Each transaction must be completed. When you buy a gun from a seller, you have five days to register it at HPD, and your seller must inform HPD that you bought it. This is mandatory under Chapter 134 HRS. If you don’t register the gun and sell it to a new buyer, that person will not be able to register it since HPD will have a record that you bought the gun and not your buyer. If you bought the gun from a FFL, you could be deemed a straw buyer which is federal offense.

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