HB1600

HB1600 – LINK TO BILL PAGE

Measure Title: RELATING TO FIREARMS.
Report Title: Firearms; Lending; Possession; Ownership; Background Checks
Description: Repeals provisions that allow the lending of certain firearms for use within the State for up to 15 days and for use outside the State for up to 75 days without being subject to a background check and other requirements under chapter 134, HRS. Prohibits transferring the possession or ownership of any firearm to any person except as provided under chapter 134, HRS.
Companion:
Package: None
Current Referral:
Introducer(s): TAKAYAMA (Introduced by request of another party)

HIFICO’s position:┬áSTRONGLY OPPOSE

  • Creates a solution without a problem.
  • Stops temporary transfers in an emergency situation.
  • Stops adults borrowing firearms to hunt (without owner present)
  • Possible safety risk for people who don’t wish to own firearms.

A person wishing to borrow a firearm must still be legally eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law. This change in the law would stop people from borrowing a firearm for hunting without having to go through a 2 week waiting period, as well as taking multiple days off work to go through the process. It would also prohibit someone from looking after another person’s rifles or shotgun in an emergency situation, for example, a fire, hurricane or other natural disaster.
A person who may wish to hunt but not own a firearm would still have to go through the same process as obtaining one. Instead of having to go through the process multiple times a year, they may just purchase their own. This may increase the chance of an accident occurring in that persons home.