Hawaii Becomes First State To Put Gun Owners In Database

| by Ray Brown
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If you're a Hawaii resident and own a gun, the FBI will know about your firearm if you get arrested anywhere in the United States.

Democratic Gov. David Ige of Hawaii signed a bill that creates a database of all gun owners in the state. And according to The Associated Press, Hawaii is the first state to create a database that automatically sends reports of individual gun ownership to the FBI.

"This is about our community's safety and responsible gun ownership. This system will better enable our law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of all Hawaii residents and visitors to our islands," Ige said, according to Hawaii News Now.

That bill was just one of three gun control bills Ige signed into law shortly after Democrats in the U.S. Congress failed to get meager gun control measures, despite staging a sit-in that Republicans blasted as political theater.

"This is nothing more than a publicity stunt," Ryan said about the sit-in, according to CNN. "This is not about a solution to a problem. This is about trying to get attention.

But Hawaii managed to pass a bill that adds law-abiding American citizens to a government list controlled by the FBI, which was praised by Democrats.

“This is a major victory for common sense and another defeat for the gun lobby,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions, in a joint statement, according to Honolulu Civil Beat. “Republicans and Democrats came together to do the responsible thing: make commonsense changes to Hawaii’s laws that respect the rights of law-abiding Hawaiians, will help guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and make Hawaii a safer place to live.”

Sources: Hawaii News Now, CNN, Honolulu Civil Beat / Photo credit: Alyeska/Wikipedia

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