Ask HPD: Are handcuffs illegal to buy?

Question: Are handcuffs illegal to buy?

Answer: Although it is not illegal to purchase or own handcuffs, you may be opening yourself up to criminal and civil liability by using them without proper justification.  Unlawful use of handcuffs could result in criminal charges such as kidnapping or unlawful imprisonment.  Typically, unless you belong to a law enforcement agency or security company, asset protection, or loss prevention, there likely isn’t a need for you to use them.  If you are in a situation where you need police assistance, please call 9-1-1 and an officer will be sent to your location.

HRS §707-720 – Kidnapping

HRS §707-721 – Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree

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