State lawmakers propose stricter gun laws to keep firearms out of criminals’ hands

State lawmakers propose stricter gun laws to keep firearms out of criminals’ hands

Gun Rights

Honolulu, HI ( KITV ) — State House and Senate leaders and law enforcement officials say the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers in Diamond Head last month and a rash of gun-related crimes have heightened the urgency to protect public safety. A public hearing is set for Thursday to discuss a range of gun control measures, including notifying police when a gun owner passes away and what’s being done with their firearms. Also up for discussion… banning 50 caliber machine guns and requiring permits for ammunition purchases. Another bill would make it a felony to build a firearm with no serial number — an attempt to ban ghost guns. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said two such guns were used in officer-involved shootings last year. Ghost guns are typically put together using home kits with 80% of the parts. An owner is required to register the assembled firearm with police, but criminals don’t. “If you’re going to be a responsible gun owner, you should not be able to get them through the internet and get them shipped to any place that you want,” Ballard said. Gun rights advocates oppose restrictions to their right to bear arms and what is being proposed in the legislature. “One about registering ammo for purchasing, you know, would affect gun owners and not only them but gun shops, shooting galleries that provide a service for not only local residents, but also tourists,” said Tom Tomimbang, managing partner at 808 Gun Club. “We […]

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