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Kaua’i Police Department Finalizes Application to Carry Firearms Process

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The Kaua‘i Police Department finalized the revised application and permitting process for license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms in response to the Supreme Court of the United States decision in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, No. 20-843 and Hawai‘i Attorney General Opinion 22-02, dated July 7.

Applicants can obtain the application to carry concealed or open carry firearms in person at the KPD Records Firearms Section service window at the main police station in Līhuʻe or online via the Firearms Section tab on the Kaua‘i Police Department webpage at:



In addition to the completed application and Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Protected Health Information, applicants must apply in person and provide the following:

Copy of current Firearm Registration for firearm to be carried.
Copy of signed Firearms Proficiency Test including scores (test must be dated within 90 days of application):
Firearms Proficiency Test must be taken with the firearm to be carried (Minimum Qualification course of fire and proficiency standards located online at KPD’s website);
Firearms Proficiency Test must be administered by a state-certified or National Rifle Association Firearms Instructor of the Applicant’s choosing (include instructor certification); and
Signed Shooting Proficiency Test results must include shooting scores – pass/fail only is not sufficient.
Two passport-sized, front-facing color photographs of Applicant (taken within past 30 days).
For applications needed for employment purposes, please complete the notarized Private Security Employer Certification Application.

KPD is in the process of developing training for our police officers as well as guidance for the community considering the substantial change in firearms carry laws in Hawai‘i.


“We recognize the issuance of permits to carry firearms has generated both interest and anxiety across our community,” said Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck. “We remain committed to ensuring public safety and establishing open lines of communication for the safe and responsible carrying of firearms in public.”

Contact 808-241-1929 or email [email protected] for more information on firearms related matters.

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