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Can You Shoot on Your Property in Hawaii?

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Hawaii is considered a great vacation spot thanks to its fabulous tourist destinations, clear waters and pristine beaches. If you are a gun enthusiast, you will still have plenty to keep you busy should you want to move to or visit Hawaii. However, you need to keep yourself updated on their gun laws so as to have a smooth and enjoyable trip.

Can You Shoot on Your Property in Hawaii?

Yes, you can shoot on your property in Hawaii because there is no law prohibiting you from doing so. However, you have to make sure that you stay within state laws to avoid being charged for a crime.

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Apart from checking on the noise ordinances and property lines to ensure that you are indeed shooting legally within your property, there are other issues you may need to consider. The top three things to pay attention to are:

  • Firearm laws
  • Hunting
  • Precautions to take
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Firearm Laws Within Your Property

In order to shoot lawfully within your property, you must make sure that your weapon adheres to the firearm laws. In Hawaii, all weapons and ammunition must be registered no matter how they are received or whether they are serviceable or not. The firearms before 1994 do not require registration but need a permit. The same applies for loose black powder firearms.

Before you buy any firearm, you need to apply for a permit to acquire it. For buying handguns, you need a separate permit for each acquisition. This is according to Hawaiiguns.com. Furthermore, you also need to take caution to avoid prohibited weapons and their ammunition. They include:

  • Short-barreled rifles and shotguns
  • Machine guns
  • Silencers and suppressors

Hunting Within Your Property

In Hawaii, you are allowed to hunt within your property provided you stay within the NSW guidelines. You do not need a hunting license if you are within your property unless you are under the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program. According to the Department of Primary Industries, the animals you are allowed to hunt on your private property without a license include:

  • Rabbits
  • Foxes
  • Feral pigs and goats
  • Wild dogs
  • Feral cats and hares
  • Feral deer

You are also allowed to invite others to hunt on your property. You can do it for a fee or for free. These individuals can hunt the above-mentioned animals without a license. All they need is permission from you as the owner. Your permission is only valid for the hunting time after which trespassing laws still apply.

Precautions to Take

Although you are allowed to shoot within your property in Hawaii, you need to make sure that the shooting stays within your property. Otherwise you may end up facing a hefty fine or a jail term. For instance, ensure that your bullet does not leave your property. Otherwise, that will be considered reckless endangering.

While having your fun, you need to keep within the noise ordinance stipulations. These misdemeanors will earn you a hefty fine. Lastly, although Hawaii is an open-carry state, this is not actually practiced. Thus, you need to ensure that you do not display your weapon in public because you will be in trouble for terroristic activity.

Hawaii honors the ‘Castle Doctrine’ and has its own variation of the same. In protection of one’s home or place of business, there is no duty to retreat. However, outside these scenarios, the state’s habitants have a duty to retreat as it does not have ‘Stand your ground’ statute. According to the USCCA, the use of deadly force is not justifiable in circumstances where it can be avoided.

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Conclusion

In Hawaii, you can enjoy shooting within your property without many rules and regulations. You can even earn from it by letting other people use your property or you can visit designated shooting ranges in Hawaii. However, you need to be mindful of others so as not to cause them any harm, whether bodily or harm in the way of violating their peace.

James Forrester is a lifelong gun and firearms owner, and an even bigger advocate for gun safety. He created KeepGunsSafe.com with the purpose of sharing helpful tips and educating others on how to keep guns and weapons safe and secure.