Contact your state Senator Today
On February 27, Senate Bill 69 passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee by a 10-2 vote with one excused Senator. What started off as a Gun "Buyback” bill has evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill. This burdensome and unnecessary infringement on your Second Amendment rights is now headed to the Senate Floor and could be voted on TOMORROW. Your state Senator must hear from you TODAY!
In its current state, SB 69 will require fingerprinting and NICS checks in addition to the already existing registration requirement on ALL firearms brought into the state, and will allocate an unspecified amount of money to each county to process these mandated background checks.
Individuals who bring firearms into Hawaii from another state, even on a temporary basis, are already required to register their firearms within 72 hours. This bill now adds a fingerprinting, photographing, AND a background check requirement on the owner in addition to the already burdensome registration requirement on such legally possessed firearms. These requirements are so onerous that if one acquired an antique firearm or an unusable or unserviceable firearm they would still have to undergo the entire background check, registration and fingerprinting process. Hunters and shooters beware, when traveling to Hawaii make sure to allocate at least one or two days to stand in line to register your firearm and undergo fingerprinting and a NICS check.
In summary, what can be known for sure is that this bill presents no viable solutions that would make improvements to Hawaii, but instead attacks law-abiding citizens who are choosing to exercise the right to own a firearm.
It is critical that you contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to oppose SB 69. You can find you state Senator and their contact information by clicking here.