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Hawaii: Mag Ban Heads to House Floor

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hawaii: Mag Ban Heads to House Floor

House Bill 1902 to ban most standard capacity magazines is now eligible for a floor vote in the House at any time. Please contact your state Representative and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1902.

House Bill 1902 HD 1 prohibits possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. These so called “high capacity” magazines are in fact standard equipment for commonly-owned firearms that many Americans legally and effectively use for an entire range of legitimate purposes, such as self-defense or competition. The bill recognizes the utility of these magazines by carving out an exemption for law enforcement, but will still violate the rights of ordinary citizens. It contains no “grandfathering” provision for magazines lawfully acquired prior to the ban, so citizens will be forced to dispose of their property, alter it, or surrender it to the government. Just last year, a 9th Circuit opinion ruled that California's ban on standard capacity magazines was unconstitutional in Duncan v. Becerra out of California. This case is currently under appeal.

In addition, the committee added the HD 1 amendment to include language from House Bill 2322. It expands the ability to prohibit categories for firearm ownership by requiring medical documentation that an individual is no longer adversely affected from behavioral, emotional or mental disorders as a minor. The language of this legislation is vague and could implicate those who have received treatment for common, non-dangerous mental health issues. The legislation further stigmatizes individuals who receive mental health treatment.

Again, please contact your state Representative and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1902.

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