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Hawaii: Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Anti-Gun Bills

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Hawaii: Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Anti-Gun Bills

This Thursday, March 12th, the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs has scheduled a public hearing on several bills that severely restrict your Second Amendment rights. The hearing will take place at 1:30PM in Conference Room 229. Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members and urge them to oppose these bills. Additionally, you should submit testimony directly to the Committee through the legislative website by clicking here.

House Bill 1902 HD2 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. Just last year, a 9th Circuit opinion ruled that California's ban on standard capacity magazines was unconstitutional in Duncan v. Becerra. This case is currently under appeal. The bill also expands the ability to prohibit categories of individuals for firearm ownership by requiring medical documentation that an individual is no longer adversely affected from behavioral, emotional or mental disorders they were treated for 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. This legislation further stigmatizes individuals who receive mental health treatment, and may even discourage minors who need help from seeking it out for fear of having their rights restricted later in life.

House Bill 2736 HD1 restricts ammunition purchases and possession to those who provide a proof of firearm registration for the particular caliber of purchase or to individuals who have been designated as alternates to purchase ammunition. The bill also requires licensing for ammunition sellers. Evidence clearly shows that restriction and registration of firearms and ammunition provides no public safety benefit. Criminals will easily sidestep these new requirements while law abiding gun owners and businesses are punished yet again by burdensome and unnecessary restrictions.

House Bill 2744 HD1 places severe restrictions on certain firearm parts in an effort to ban homebuilt firearms. The language is vague and overly broad as to what can subject a person to felony penalties. It fails to recognize that prohibited persons already cannot lawfully possess any firearm, whether home built or produced by a licensed manufacturer. Additionally, the bill uses your tax dollars to create a commission to research “gun violence.” While the NRA does not oppose objective research, this bill is likely to produce biased advocacy instead of sound science.

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

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