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Hawaii: There’s Still Time to Contact the Governor on Three Anti-Gun Bills!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hawaii: There’s Still Time to Contact the Governor on Three Anti-Gun Bills!

 

Three anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 2647, House Bill 625 and Senate Bill 2954 are still on Governor Ige’s desk for his consideration.  It is critical that you contact Governor Ige IMMEDIATELY with your opposition to these egregious bills!

SB 2647 would ban the sale, purchase, barter, and possession with intent to sell of any legally owned ivory (defined to include mammoth ivory), ivory product, rhinoceros horn, rhinoceros horn product and products from various other animal species, absent limited exceptions. To read more about ivory ban legislation, please refer to NRA-ILA’s Ivory Ban Fact Sheet.

SB 2954 would expand the existing registration requirement and input law-abiding Hawaii gun owners into a federal biometric database, managed by the FBI, for continuous monitoring, The exercise of an individual’s Second Amendment rights is not inherently suspicious and should not require a person to surrender other civil liberties, including unwarranted invasions of privacy or unequal treatment under the law. The lawful acquisition, possession, carrying, or use of a firearm does not justify subjecting citizens to ongoing monitoring.

HB 625 would expand prohibited possessors to include certain misdemeanor crimes.  Constitutional rights are generally restricted only upon conviction of a felony.  The reasons for this are two-fold.  It limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only the most serious offenses, and, perhaps more importantly, felony convictions provide greater procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable convictions.  The right to keep and bear arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should be restricted only upon conviction of a felony.

 

Please click the “Take Action” button above to contact Governor Ige with your opposition TODAY!

 

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