|Measure Title:||RELATING TO FIREARMS.|
|Report Title:||Firearms; Possession Prohibited While Intoxicated|
|Description:||Prohibits any person from possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated, unless the person is in their own dwelling. Violation is a petty misdemeanor.|
|Introducer(s):||TAKAYAMA (Introduced by request of another party)|
HIFICO’s position: STRONGLY OPPOSE
- Dwelling is too restrictive.
- Every persons tolerance to alcohol is different.
- Could lead to additional charges in a defensive shooting situation.
Whilst we believe that a person should be a responsible gun owner and that handling a firearm whilst intoxicated could be dangerous, This bill is very restrictive in its wording. A person may find themselves in other places they are legally able to be armed, such as their place of business or place of sojourn where alcohol may be served. Every person is different in how they process alcohol and there is no sure-fire method for a person to accurately to measure.
A person who uses a firearm for otherwise lawful self-defense, but who is under the influence of alcohol could find themselves facing criminal charges up to and including murder.
If this law was to pass it would need to be made clear that law enforcement are not exempt.