What’s the Law: Handguns

WHAT’S THE LAW?

BY DARRYL CHOY

TOPIC: Handguns

Question: I have a number of handguns in my collection and just want a rundown on what’s legal?

Answer:

  1. All handguns must be currently registered with the Police Department. There isn’t any grandfather clause unless actually manufactured before 1899 or fires only with loose black powder. See sec. 134-3 HRS.
  2. You cannot have any magazines that hold more than ten rounds. Mere possession of such a handgun magazine is a misdemeanor. If it’s inserted in the handgun, it’s a felony; inserted in a rifle, it’s still a misdemeanor. See sec. 134-8(d) HRS.
  3. Unless registered before July 1975, you can not possess any handgun that has a die cast zinc alloy receiver that has a melting temperature of 800 F or less. See sec. 134-15 HRS. Note these “zinc” guns, if properly registered, can be transferred.
  4. You can not possess an “assault pistol” (definition in sec 134-1 HRS) unless registered before July 1992.

    Note that even when registered, it cannot be transferred by the owner. See sec. 134-8 HRS.

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