When we think about Hawaii, we think about beautiful beaches, tropical rain forests, and paradise. What doesn’t come to mind is the plan by lawmakers to register the state’s legal, law-abiding gun owners into a Federal database.
What this legislation does, is to treat Hawaiian gun owners as suspects. The Governor, David Ige, says it’s all about public safety and responsible gun ownership. He said that the new legislation would help law enforcement and protect Hawaiians and visitors alike, but he didn’t say how. The question is, should law-abiding, legal gun owners be subject to Federal monitoring simply because they are exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms?
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
On Thursday, the governor of Hawaii signed that controversial bill into law. The database will track those people, and if a resident gun owner gets arrested anywhere in the country for anything the FBI database will notify the Hawaii police.
Governor David Ige says this is about community safety and “responsible gun ownership.” He said it will help law enforcement protect Hawaii residents and visitors.
He didn’t elaborate on exactly how that would be accomplished. State Senator Will Espero and the Honolulu Police Department said it could be a model for other states to follow. But should legal gun owners be subject to law enforcement monitoring simply for practicing their Second Amendment rights.