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Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Through State Legislature

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Through State Legislature

On Tuesday, March 22, House Bill 1813, the Terrorist Watchlist Bill, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee.  Please contact members of the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee and politely urge them to OPPOSE HB 1813.  Please click the "Take Action" button below to contact the committee members!   


As previously reportedHB 1813 would prohibit any individual whose name is added to the deeply flawed and inaccurate “Terrorist Watch list” from owning or possessing firearms.  HB 1813 completely ignores an individual’s right to due process of the law and instead allows a secret government list to determine whether or not a person can exercise their Second Amendment rights.  Persons who appear on this top secret government watchlist generally have no idea if, when or how they were added and may have not been charged, let alone convicted of any crime.  In every other case in which a person is deprived of their firearm rights, they were afforded a judicial proceeding.  Due process of the law must be followed before depriving anyone of their Constitutional rights.

Additionally, as previously reportedHouse Bill 2632 and Senate Bill 2647 were both scheduled for committee hearings last week.  Both bills were amended and passed out of committee.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on the status of these bills. 

HB 2632 would expand the list of possible prohibited possessors to include anyone who has undergone or is undergoing emergency hospitalization.  This expansion for emergency hospitalization is vague and could entrap a person who has suffered something as common as diabetic shock to suddenly lose their Second Amendment rights, without due process of the law, simply for receiving care.  Additionally under this bill, individuals are required to surrender firearms immediately or law enforcement may seize firearms, all without due process.

SB 2647 would ban the import, sale, purchase, barter, and possession with intent to sell of any ivory (defined to include mammoth ivory), ivory product, rhinoceros horn, rhinoceros horn product and products from various other animal species.  SB 2647 goes far beyond law-abiding gun owners and would adversely impact anyone who owns ivory, and products from a wide variety of animals, by significantly diminishing the value of lawfully acquired property.  To read more about ivory ban legislation, please refer to NRA-ILA’s Ivory Ban Fact Sheet.

Once again, please click the "Take Action" button above to contact members of the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee in opposition to HB 1813.  Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on these bills as the 2016 legislative session progresses. 

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