Honolulu – A measure that would close the loophole in Hawaii’s gun law is on its way to the Governor’s desk for consideration. The measure, Senate Bill 69, was passed out of the Senate and House today. If it becomes law, county police departments are required to fingerprint, photograph and perform background checks on a person arriving in Hawaii with a firearm purchased outside of the state.
This measure tightens up our current gun law and it has nothing to do with denying someone their second amendment rights, it has to do with public safety,” said Senator Will Espero, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs. He also is the primary introducer of the bill.
Hawaii has one of the strictest gun laws in the nation. This measure was supported by Hawaii Rifle Association.
Another measure introduced by Senator Espero and receiving approval from both chambers is Senate Bill 680, which establishes a state Homeland Security Office within the state Department of Defense.
Hawaii’s geographic location makes us vulnerable to homeland security threats. This new office would complement the federal Department of Homeland Security and show the states commitment to terroristic and other threats to our state. Currently, the main focus of the state Department of Defense is mostly civil defense or emergency preparedness and the National Guard,” explained Espero.
If the measure becomes law, the adjutant general will serve as the director of the State Homeland Security Office. The office is tasked to prepare comprehensive plans and programs for homeland security and homeland defense, make studies and surveys of the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure, and other tasks.Posted by Hawaii Senate Majority Caucus | 0 comments