Hawaii Bills Limit Firearm Access for New Sportsmen

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Legislation introduced in Hawaii by State Representative Gregg Takayama would make the permit process to purchase a shotgun or rifle identical to the permit process to purchase a pistol. Another related bill introduced by Rep. Takayama would require background checks just too temporarily lend someone a firearm. House Bill 1599 is awaiting a committee hearing. House Bill 1600 has a committee hearing today, Feb. 6, at 2:15 p.m. HST in Conference 325 at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Take Action Today! Hawaii sportsmen should call their state representatives and ask them to OPPOSE House Bills 1599 and 1600.Hawaii members can contact their representative by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Directory.

House Bill 1599 would drastically change the permit requirement to purchase a shotgun or rifle in Hawaii. Current law says that after you complete a background check, one of two different permits are issued to buy a gun in Hawaii: a 10-day permit to purchase a handgun and a one-year permit to purchase a shotgun or a rifle. HB 1599 would do away with a 1-year shotgun and rifle permit so you could only obtain a 10-day handgun purchase permit or a 10-day shotgun and rifle purchase permit. The change in the permitting process for rifles and shotguns will lead to a major decrease in opportunities to buy the most practical sporting arms.

House Bill 1600 removes language that allows Hawaii residents to temporarily loan a firearm for in-state or out-of-state use. Currently, Hawaii law allows you to temporarily lend a gun to an adult for up 15 days for in state use and up to 75 days for use out of state without going through a background check process. Under the author’s proposed language, you would now be required to submit to a background check to momentarily hand anyone a firearm! Although they make an exception for lawful hunting purposes, this bill does not acknowledge the reality that it is common to let a friend or family member borrow a gun to acclimate to handling practices before they ever make their first firearm purchase or even decide to get involved in lawful hunting activities.

“New and young sportsmen who are introduced to hunting and firearm safety by experienced mentors are proven to be the safer in the field than those who were not mentored,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “These pieces of legislation could entirely dissuade mentored hunting or target shooting because it would force a newcomer to purchase a firearm as opposed to borrowing one.”

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