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1927 Haw. Sess. Laws 209-217, AN ACT Regulating the Sale, Transfer and Possession of Certain Firearms and Ammunitions, and Amending Sections 2136, 2137, 2138, 2139, 2140, 2141, 2142, 2143, 2146 and 2147 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii 1925 (the “Small Arms Act”), § 18, § 26.

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Section 18. Section 2136 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii 1925 is hereby amended to read as follows: “Section 2136. Report upon acquiring title to or possession of firearms or ammunition. Except as otherwise provided by law, any person, firm, corporation or copartnership, residing or doing business within the territory acquiring title or possession or importing into (by express or otherwise) or receiving within the territory any firearm or any ammunition, capable of causing death or inflicting great personal injury, who shall fail to file a description of the same in the manner provided by this chapter, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as this chapter provides. Except in so far as the acquisition of title to or possession of a firearm or of ammunition may be reported by the dealer or selling agent under the provisions of Section 2140 hereof, such person, firm, corporation or copartnership shall, within two weeks after such acquisition, importation, or receipt, file a report with the sheriff of the county or city and county wherein his or its place of business, or if there be none within the territory, his or its residence, or if there be neither residence nor place of business therein, his place of sojourn therein, is located. Said report shall include a description of the class of firearm or firearms or/and ammunition owned by him, it or them or in his, its or their possession, which description shall set forth the class of firearm or firearms or/and ammunition so owned and possessed, together with the name of the maker and the factory number, when such number appears on such firearm or firearms or ammunition.
The Governor may, in his discretion, require the filing in like manner, at a time or at times to be fixed by him, of like reports by all persons, firms, corporations or copartnerships owning or possessing, at a date or at dates to be announced by the Governor, any firearm or ammunition within this territory; provided, that at least one month shall expire between the publication or announcement of the Governor’s said requirement and the time fixed for filing. Where any person responsible for making a report hereunder is unable to furnish all of the information herein or hereby required, he shall furnish as much as may be possible and in such manner as may be required by the sheriff.
Section 26. Section 2146 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii 1925, is hereby amended to read as follows: “Section 2146. Penalties. Any person who shall be found in the possession of any firearm or firearms or any ammunition without having complied with the provisions of this chapter, or who shall fail to give, file or forward required information, reports or statements, or who shall otherwise violate the provisions of this chapter in matters not covered by Section 2142 hereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined by the court of appropriate jurisdiction in a sum of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). Any person, firm, corporation, copartnership, failing to file any information herein required to be filed, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined by the court of appropriate jurisdiction not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
The divulging of official information recorded or on file in a public office shall be punishable in like manner; provided, however, that where the information divulged has not tended, or been designed to encourage, or to render formidable armed resistance to the law, the fine shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00).”