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Hawaii could lead the way to national gun registry

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Hawaii could lead the way to national gun registry

05.24.16 11:53 AM

Even if anti-2nd Amendment groups succeeded in their ultimate goal of national government confiscation of every last firearm, plenty of people would still quietly hang on to guns the government doesn’t know about. Politicians in Hawaii are working to change that.

Via an Associated Press report:
Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

Proponents of legislation to add island residents to the change argue that it would help officials identify gun buyers with criminal records who are currently falling through the cracks.

Again from the AP:
Even though other states don’t enter gun owners in the database, Honolulu Police Department Maj. Richard Robinson said it will still benefit Hawaii police. Right now, Hawaii gun owners undergo a background check only when they register a gun, so police have no way of knowing if they’re disqualified from owning a gun in the future unless they try to register a new firearm.

“We were only discovering things by accident,” said Robinson, who helped draft the bill. “They happen to come register another firearm, we run another background check, and then we find out they’re a prohibited person.”

That happens about 20 times each year, he said.

For critics concerned about federal anti-firearm sentiments, this is just the first step toward a national gun registry which could be used to strip law abiding gun owners of their rights at the government’s pleasure.

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