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Hawaii: Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hawaii: Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills

On Thursday, February 27th, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a decision-making hearing on SB 2519 and SB 2635. No oral testimony will be accepted at this hearing.  

Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members and urge them to oppose these bills. You may also click here to register to submit testimony directly to the legislature.


Senate Bill 2519 SB 1 prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. Magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds acquired prior to the specified date must be registered with the county, similar to firearms. The registered magazines will be prohibited from any transfer other than inheritance. 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. Just last year, a 9th Circuit opinion ruled that California's ban on standard capacity magazines was unconstitutional in Duncan v. Becerra, currently under appeal.

Senate Bill 2635 SB 1 restricts ammunition purchases to those with a valid permit to purchase a firearm, a handgun safety training affidavit, or hunter education card. It further restricts possession of ammunition for firearms owned by another and requires licensing for ammunition sellers. Criminals will, of course, simply sidestep these new regulations, while law-abiding gun owners and business owners will be forced to bear the burden of more regulation.

Again, please use the “Take Action” button above to contact the committee members and urge them to oppose SB 2519 and SB 2635.

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