Hawaii wants to become the first state to register gun owners into a federal database – and expects other states to follow its lead, despite the Second Amendment.
Under a bill proposed by Sen. Will Espero, Hawaii would enter gun owners into an FBI database available to local police.
The FBI already has a similar database for people in “positions in trust,” such as school teachers and other public officials, but Hawaii would be the first to enter gun owners into a database.
“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database,” firearm instructor Jerry Ilo told AP. “It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them.”
“We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”
His fear is not unfounded; New York City already had a similar registry in place which was used by police to confiscate firearms.
After N.Y. passed the SAFE Act in 2013, the NYPD sent out notices to registered gun owners demanding they give up their guns.
The notice ordered gun owners, who possessed firearms now prohibited under SAFE Act, the “options” to either surrender their firearms to the police, remove them from the city limits or otherwise render them inoperable.
That’s exactly what Hawaii’s authoritarian lawmakers want, but their proposed registry faces significant legal challenges.
“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” said Kenneth Lawson, faculty at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
The NRA called the proposal “extremely dangerous.”
“Exercising a constitutional right is not inherently suspicious,” said the NRA’s Amy Hunter. “Hawaii will now be treating firearms as suspect and subject to constant monitoring.”
Written by Kit Daniels