Hawaii Bans Bump Stocks

Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, approved a pair of measures on Monday to make Hawaii’s already tough gun laws even tougher.

The bills, SB 2046 and SB 2436, outlaw a host of bump stocks and similar accessories while cutting the time allowed for mandatory firearm surrenders down from 30 days to a week. Both proposals passed the state legislature with broad support.

“I’m proud that Hawai‘i has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation thanks to our strict gun laws,” said Ig in the signing ceremony at the State Capitol. “At the same time, we must protect the rights of gun owners and hunters to own and use guns safely. This legislation will help us uphold the rights of gun owners while keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unfit individuals.”

The bump stock ban regulates not only the eponymous and controversial firearm accessory but also multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks as well as any part “designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm.” Violators would be subject to a class C felony, with a punishment of as many as five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

In conjunction with the ban, which does not allow for grandfathering of any device currently in circulation or compensates owners for their loss, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced a 30-day amnesty program for bump stock owners to turn in their now-illegal items at any police station.

During legislative hearings on the bill, the Hawaii Hunting Association argued that the measure seemed “purposefully vague and serves absolutely no safety purpose, but instead could make felons out of law-abiding target shooters and hunters who may work on their legally owned firearms for safety, accuracy, or function.” Similar comments were logged by the Hawaii Rifle Association, National Rifle Association and scores of gun owners in over 100 pages of testimony.

Gun surrender deadline

The second bill approved by Ige, SB 2436, cuts the time period that individuals who have lost their gun rights to voluntarily surrender or dispose of their firearms and ammunition before police can move in to seize the weapons. Under current state law, a chief of police can act on a disqualification after 30 days, a figure which will now be reduced to just seven.

The bill’s initial language — supported by Everytown and some prosecutors in the state– set the bar at just 24 hours before police could take action. The groups argued such a short period was needed to save lives, especially in cases of domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders.

Gun rights advocates countered that such a narrow window could subject affected gun owners to an “unfettered search of their home and/or business within hours of being accused.”

source: guns.com

  • Juanito Ibañez

    “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

    –Ayn Rand, ‘Atlas Shugged’

  • Jon

    Interesting that the Utah, one of the most pro-gun states had a slightly lower murder rate than Hawaii in 2016. There appears to be no correlation in murder rates and gun control at all…Legislators keep pointing at the gun instead of the gunner.

    • apzzyk

      Utah does not have the number of visitors that Hawaii has, and you do not have to fly to get to Utah, so based on total population year round Utah has to have a higher gun mortaltiy and morbidity than Hawaii based on Average population year round. Utah only has a 3-4 month season that brings tourist to ski, and people pass through to go to the National Parks, but those of us who do not like Utah, we may stop for gas.

  • L Cavendish

    wonder how many items will actually be turned in….hmmmm
    are they going to collect belts…belt loops…etc?
    how about guys that are fast shots…like Miculek?
    they should worry about their homeless problem on the big island…going to scare tourists away

  • Bob101st

    Democrats are at it again. When are Americans going to wake up tell the Democrats enough is enough. I am a firm believer, if you want a person’s firearms, then come and try to take them, Take them with the knowledge, law abiding American firearm owners, have a right to keep their firearms and if you want to take them, you may encounter an armed resistance. But, in reality, that is what Democrats are hoping for. Democrats have become more controlling and more violent. They have also done everything possible to violate your second amendment and first amendment rights. Now they want to violate your fourth amendment rights, if you don’t turn in what Democrats want to make illegal, as far as firearms and accessories go. If Americans do not vote out the ever increased controlling Democrats, they may find it necessary, to use the Democrat tactic “Of Violence”, to defend your Constitutional Rights. Democrats support ANTIFA, Democrats openly support harassing and assaulting Republicans and Conservatives. and they support Black Live Matter, who vow to kill police. Now they push for eliminating more of your rights and legally owned firearms and accessories. Stand firm America. Use the ballot and vote to get rid of Democrats, or be prepared to either surrender your Constitutional Rights or defend them, as our Founding Fathers warned. God Bless America.

    • apzzyk

      This attempt at making the 2nd Amendment rights a civil rights issues is not playing well when the primary human right is to live a safe and free from violence simple right to live your life as you want with no fear of loosing your life due to violence by one who seems to think that his 2nd Amendment right includes infringing on your rights. Bump stocks do not make me safer, and semi-automatic long guns do not make me safer, particularly when they are in the hands of people who show no regard for the rest of us to do things like attend a music event, go to a movie, or simply go to school. The US is the only country with a 2nd Amendment and because of that we have the highest gun related death rate in the world. The Canadian gun deaths of a week or so made the news because they were a rare event. In the US there is an average of over one shooting which takes 2 or more lives everyday with only the ones who make the network (liberal media) of the ones which take many lives being considered news worthy enough to make the national news. Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, is a gun owner, and who would have won the election with a little more money, favors reasonable gun restrictions. Mr. Dear, who walked into the Planned Parenthood place in CO Springs and shot and killed 2 people in the waiting room and a responding cop is still not competent to stand trial, and people like him with guns are far too common. I got out of the USMC in 1961, and since then have never seen any need to have one and have survived fine without one. How can that be? Could it be that I did not try to inflict what I thought was right on others? Could that be because where I saw a need I took my personal resourses and tried to help others and made friends of my neighbors by obeying the golden rule? If we look at our prisons, they seem to be overpopulated by former law abiding gun owners.. Get a gun and then you can get 3 hots and a cot for life.

  • apzzyk

    The way that official crime rates are calculated is on the basis of number of event per 100,000 permanent residents. On any year, there are probably 10 times as many visitors, including military, as there are permanent residents. Most of the visitors come by Air, so they cannot legally bring firearms in or out of the State. They have no big game, so long guns are probably very rare, and so there would be little demand for bump stocks. How would you conceal carry in a bathing suit? My Jocky shorts do not have a built in holster.
    Where is some more alarmist FAKE news?