Over 300,000 Hawaii residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Hawaii reported 16 domestic violence homicides in 2016. Firearms were used in nearly one third of all domestic violence cases that resulted in a homicide from 2000 to 2009. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Hawaii prohibits purchase and possession of firearms and ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and persons subject to ex parte and final domestic violence restraining and protective orders. Hawaii requires removal of firearms from persons subject to ex parte and final domestic violence restraining and protective orders.