Hawaii Considers Registering Gun Owners With Feds

Hawaii Considers Registering Gun Owners With Feds

Hawaii Considers Registering Gun Owners With Feds

Hawaii State Senator Will Espero (D) introduced gun control legislation that would make Hawaii the first state to register gun owners with an FBI database.

Anyone buying a firearm in Hawaii, or bringing one into the state, is already required to register the gun with the county chief of police, which includes a background check with fingerprints and a photograph. Espero's bill would use the information from the county registration form, along with a to-be-determined fee paid by the gun owner, to enroll the owner in the FBI's "Rap Back" Database.

The "Rap Back" database, part of the FB'’s Next Generation Identification program (launched in 2011), is currently used to across the nation to keep track of people in "positions of trust," such as teachers, bus drivers, and those who work with the elderly, and notifies law enforcement when a registered individual is arrested for criminal (and, in limited cases, civil) activity in any state.

Governor David Ige (D) has asked Hawaii's Attorney General's office to review Espero's Senate bill 2954 for constitutionality. In addition to the federal Second Amendment, Hawaii's State Constitution includes the "right of the people to keep and bear arms." According to a study by the Boston University School of Public Health, Hawaii has the lowest US gun ownership rate at 12.2%.

 

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