HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) – Visiting card-carrying NRA members and other gun owners are always welcome in paradise, but they have to leave their weapons at the airport upon arrival in Hawaii.
Hawaii’s strict gun laws do not recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states. Acquiring a firearm in Hawaii requires a permit to acquire, issued to qualified applicants by the county police chief. There is a minimum 14-20 day waiting period for receiving a permit.
Recently, the Rainbow State became the first in the nation to put firearm owners into a federal database. That database, known as the “Rap Back” system, is operated by the FBI and would notify police when a gun owner is arrested for a crime anywhere in the United States.
Today, the state government went a step further by temporarily confiscating privately-owned guns and replacing them with fishing rods upon arrival at any of Hawaii’s airports. The fishing rods will be on loan at no charge, and the gun owners can retrieve their weapons upon departure after they surrender the fishing equipment.
Hawaii Governor David Ige told The Adobo Chronicles that the new measure is in keeping with the state’s no tolerance policy for irresponsible gun owners as well as its commitment to keep Hawaii a truly safe paradise. He added that the fishing rod idea would also promote the local tourism industry since it will force gun-owning visitors to explore the state’s vast ocean-side resorts as well as aquatic landmarks.
So the next time you arrive in Hawaii with your gun, expect Hawaii-Five-O to be on hand to meet you at the airport!