Hawaii just put gun owners on a FBI database


Hawaii just put gun owners

on a FBI database


and the NRA is freaking out


24 Jun 2016 at 17:13 ET



Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first U.S. state

to place its residents who own firearms

in a federal criminal record database

and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country,

his office said.

The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms

in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw

Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives.


Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat,

on Thursday

signed into law a bill to have police in the state

enroll people into an FBI criminal monitoring service

after they register their firearms

as already required, his office said in a statement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation database



“Rap Back”

will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner

from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States.

Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place firearm owners on the FBI’s Rap Back,

which until now was used to monitor criminal activities by individuals under investigation

or people in positions of trust such as school teachers and daycare workers

“As you can imagine,

the NRA finds this one of the most extreme bills we’ve ever seen,”

said Amy Hunter,

a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s institute for legislative action.

The law could affect gun owners outside Hawaii,

because the state requires visitors carrying guns to register,

Hunter said.

As a result, they could be added to “Rap Back” with no clear protocol for being removed, she said.


Hawaii state Senator Will Espero,

a Democrat and a co-author of the law who owns a gun,

called the law “common sense legislation that does not hurt anyone.”

The law, which takes effect immediately, allows police in Hawaii to evaluate whether a firearm owner should continue to possess a gun after being arrested.

“This bill,

it doesn’t even say your gun will automatically be taken away, it just means local police will be notified,”

Espero said in a phone interview.

Ige’s office said

he also signed into law two other firearms bills.

One makes convictions for stalking and sexual assault among the criminal offenses disqualifying a person from gun ownership.

The other requires firearm owners to surrender their weapons if diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by David Gregorio)

Attendees visit the trade booths during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting


in Louisville, Kentucky, May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

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