Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Hawaii

Women And Handgun Shooting Hawaii HI

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Hawaii, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Hawaii, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Hawaii?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Hawaii who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Hawaii. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Hawaii

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Hawaii and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Hawaii, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Hawaii that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

For More Information Pick Your State

The Hawaii State Constitution States: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Hawaii is known for having some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, and is generally described as being anti-gun rights. In Hawaii No person shall acquire the ownership of a firearm, either by purchase, gift, inheritance, bequest, or in any other manner, until he has first procured from the chief of police of the county of his place of business, residence, or sojourn a permit to acquire.

Hawaii is a "may issue" state for concealed carry. "In an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant's person or property," a license to carry a pistol or revolver may be granted or denied at the discretion of the county police chief. In practice however few if any concealed carry licenses are ever granted.

Carrying a loaded firearm, concealed or not concealed, including in a vehicle, is a class A felony. Unloaded firearms that are secured in a gun case and are accompanied by a corresponding permit are allowed to be transported in a vehicle between the permitted owner's residence or business and: a place of repair; a target range; a licensed dealer's place of business; an organized, scheduled firearms show or exhibit; a place of formal hunter or firearm use training or instruction; or a police station

Concealed carry and open carry are felonies without a permit to do so from the chief of police of your county. Although allowed by law in special circumstances of threat to self or property, the chiefs’ policy at present is to grant only to law enforcement and those military and security guards whose duties specifically require such. Private Citizens are denied.

Although Hawaii does not recognize any other state’s CCW permits and has no reciprocity agreements the following states do accept and recognize Hawaii’s CCW permits; Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The only CCW permit that the state of Hawaii is compelled to recognize under federal law are those issued under the Peace Officer Safety act of 2004, known as HR 218 where any active duty or honorably retired peace officer can carry a concealed weapon in any state in the country.

For more information on Gun Rights and 2nd amendments rights become a member of US Precision Defense.  


Hawaii gun laws, unlike many of the states in the United States, requires any person wishing to purchase or obtain a firearm to apply for a Hawaii gun permit first, that allows the transaction of firearms.

The Hawaii gun permit to purchase extends to shotguns, rifle, and handguns. An individual must first apply for the permit to the chief of police pertaining to the county that the applicant resides in or place of business is located. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and citizen of the United States. A permit to purchase a handgun is contingent to the applicant having completed a firearms safety course. The chief of police issuing the gun permit is required to assess the health of the applicant and to evaluate the person's ability to be able to own and operate a firearm in a safe and secure manner.

In the state of Hawaii the gun laws and state statutes regarding sell, possess, or carry firearms are strict and specific. Violating these gun laws will result in criminal offense charges considered as felonies and misdemeanors. The following are these gun laws and statutes for the state of Hawaii: It is illegal for any individual to acquire ownership of any firearm by any means without proper clearance from the county Chief of Police.

It is illegal to take possession of inherited firearms without first securing a proper permit to possess these firearms. And it is required to have license to carry concealed weapon.

It has been said that “It’s only a politician that can turn a lawful citizen into a criminal with a stroke of a pen.”

Here is a quote from a journalist in Hawaii, he states the following: “So let’s start with the confiscation of semi-automatics. It’s absolutely amazing that anyone could even consider calling these guns “assault weapons”.

This is such a blatant lie that I’m actually disgusted that the HRA, NRA, Gun Owners of America, and just residents of Hawaii aren’t screaming at the top of their lungs about this, one, and two, why are you infringing upon our right to enjoy our firearms on the range and for hunting?”

Hawaii is quickly on the path to becoming one of if not the single most gun restrictive states in the Country, and if left unchecked will soon face a backlash from the voters, don’t think that can happen in Hawaii,  just look at the recall votes and gun law changes in Colorado and Illinois. The second amendment will not be abated, not even in Hawaii.

Precision Defense supports responsible gun owners in Hawaii! For more information on Gun Rights and 2nd amendments rights become a member of US Precision Defense.