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Desert Scorpion
June 6, 2010, 02:05 AM
Is it legal to own or ship too Honolulu, HI 30rd High Capacity AR Magazines

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rm23
June 6, 2010, 02:30 AM
http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/HISL.pdf

The NRA site only says there is a 10 round limit for pistol magazines only.

hnl.flyboy
June 6, 2010, 03:12 AM
HRS 134-8 (c)
The manufacture, possession, sale, barter,
trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable
ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess
of ten rounds which are designed for or capable
of use with a pistol is prohibited. This subsection
shall not apply to magazines originally designed
to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition
which have been modified to accept no more
than ten rounds and which are not capable of
being readily restored to a capacity of more than
ten rounds.

looking into the actual wording of the law is tricky. technically, an AR-15 can be made as a pistol, so any AR-15 mag holding 11+ rounds is illegal.

HRS 134-1 Definitions
"Assault pistol" means a semiautomatic
pistol which accepts a detachable magazine and
which has two or more of the following characteristics:
(1) An ammunition magazine which attaches
to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
(2) A threaded barrel capable of accepting a
barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward hand
grip, or silencer;
(3) A shroud which is attached to or partially
or completely encircles the barrel and which permits
the shooter to hold the firearm with the second
hand without being burned;
(4) A manufactured weight of fifty ounces or
more when the pistol is unloaded;
(5) A centerfire pistol with an overall length of
twelve inches or more; or
(6) It is a semiautomatic version of an automatic
firearm;
but does not include a firearm with a barrel sixteen
or more inches in length, an antique pistol
as defined in section 134-1 or a curio or relic as
those terms are used in 18 U.S.C. 921(16) or
27 C.F.R. 178.11.
HRS 134-4 (e)
After July 1, 1992, no person shall bring or
cause to be brought into the State an assault
pistol. No assault pistol may be sold or transferred
on or after July 1, 1992, to anyone within the
State other than to a dealer licensed under section
134-32 or the chief of police of any county
except that any person who obtains title by bequest
or intestate succession to an assault pistol
registered within the State shall, within ninety
days, render the weapon permanently inoperable,
sell or transfer the weapon to a licensed
dealer or the chief of police of any county, or remove
the weapon from the State.
HRS 134-8 (a)
The manufacture, possession, sale, barter,
trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of any of the
following is prohibited: assault pistols, except as
provided by section 134-4(e); automatic firearms;
rifles with barrel lengths less than sixteen
inches; shotguns with barrel lengths less than
eighteen inches; cannons; mufflers, silencers, or
devices for deadening or muffling the sound of
discharged firearms; hand grenades, dynamite,
blasting caps, bombs, or bombshells, or other
explosives; or any type of ammunition or any
projectile component thereof coated with teflon
or any other similar coating designed primarily to
enhance its capability to penetrate metal or
pierce protective armor; and any type of ammunition
or any projectile component thereof designed
or intended to explode or segment upon
impact with its target.

AR-15 pistols are also illegal in the state (along with all the other fun toys. :( i envy all you lucky people in free states. i'd give anything to be ALLOWED to pay a $200 tax stamp EACH for a SBR, SBS, supressor, AOW, ... . but i digress..) so is the AR-15 considered as a "pistol" in HRS 134-8 (c)? i'm not aware of certain rulings, but i know Magnum Firearms sells 30 round mags (MagPul polymer mags), and i have a few (USMC Reservist, part of issued gear). i'm sure you can get 30 round mags, but i also have two friends who received 10 round AR-15 mags (30 round mags riveted to hold ONLY 10 rounds) with their new rifles (AR-15 and FN FS2000).

i don't know the answer, but all i know are those laws. i'm posting so you can make a decision yourself, unless someone else is aware of any rulings whether AR-15 mags MUST be 10 round capacity or if it MAY be 11+.

Quiet
June 6, 2010, 04:17 AM
Is it legal to own or ship too Honolulu, HI 30rd High Capacity AR Magazines.
No. It is not legal.

Hawaii has a 10 round magazine capacity limit for pistols.

Since, there are pistols that use AR15 magazines, HI considers AR15 magazines as pistol magazines.

Ranb
June 7, 2010, 08:57 AM
The assault pistol ban was passed in 1992; owners of so called high capacity magazines had until 1994 to get rid of them or modifiy them. Some people were asking what the words "readily restored" meant. The story I heard was that the police claimed they only enforce the law and the courts claimed they only interpret the law. The general concensus was that gun owners were waiting for some poor schmuck to be arrested for having an inadequately converted mag. That was the only way we were going to find out if a block inserted into the mag and held in place by an outside rivet was going to pass muster.

I left Hawaii for the nearly as oppressive state of WA in 1999. The day my guns were delivered by the movers I drilled out the rivets and restored my ar-15, 9mm and P-14 mags to their original condition.

Ranb

2aHawaii
June 7, 2010, 07:49 PM
No. It is not legal.

Hawaii has a 10 round magazine capacity limit for pistols.

Since, there are pistols that use AR15 magazines, HI considers AR15 magazines as pistol magazines.

This is the current understanding of most residents here. However, you will find stores selling them and you can see them at the State run range.

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