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.

  • 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.