Stun Gun Laws in Hawaii

Learn about stun gun laws as well as possession requirements in Hawaii.

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force. This definition excludes cattle prods and defibrillators.

(Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-1.)

This article describes Hawaii state law regarding who may not have a stun gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a stun gun is illegal in the state.

To learn more about how stun guns work, and how permitting laws vary by state, see  States Requiring a Stun Gun Permit.

People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in Hawaii

In Hawaii, it is illegal to possess, sell, or carry a stun gun unless you are a:

  • peace officer,
  • member of the armed forces, or
  • vendor who sells stun guns directly to authorized individuals.

(Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-16.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a misdemeanor to purchase, possess, or use a stun gun in Hawaii. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

(Haw. Rev. Stat. § § 134-17, 706-640, 706-663.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to purchase, carry, or use a gun in Hawaii, or if you are facing charges for a stun gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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