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Hawaii legislator advocates for tougher gun laws

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:08 p.m. HST, Jan 17, 2013

State Rep. Karl Rhoads wants a tighter grip on firearm ammunition and has introduced a bill to require people who are buying bullets to prove that they're licensed gun owners.

The Democrat's proposal today comes a day after President Barack Obama announced an extensive plan aimed at curbing gun violence nationally.

Hawaii Rifle Association President Harvey Gerwig denounced Rhoads' bill as "ridiculous."

Gerwig says the measure would negatively affect people who bought long arms prior to 1994, when long arm registration became mandatory.

Nearly 60 percent of Hawaii gun owners have long arms, which include rifles and shotguns.

Hawaii is known for its strict gun control laws. Gun owners must obtain permits for each firearm.

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Anonymous wrote:

Lame. The U.S. Constitution was created to protect the PEOPLE from GOVERNMENT. The 2nd Amendment is not a privilege. It's a RIGHT!

on January 17,2013 | 03:23PM
sjean wrote:
Can we assume you also support abortion rights? What about an obvious murderer who was not read his Miranda rights and is exonerated? Do you pick and choose which rights you support? Or do you support all constitutional rights
on January 17,2013 | 05:38PM
sjean wrote:
Could someone please explain how this would negatively effect legitimate gun owners. If I am reading this correctly, there are residents who own long arms which are not registered? Remember, Brian Uyesugi and Michael Lau, the man who murdered Randall Kim & two others, were legally allowed to own firearms. Since guns do not kill people, people kill people, I think there should be mandatory mental health evaluations for all registered firearms owners. I include myself in that group.
on January 17,2013 | 03:30PM
bl8rnr wrote:
Long guns bought prior to 1994 do not need to be registered so if you own one of these rifles or shotguns you would not be able to buy any ammo for it under this legislation.
on January 17,2013 | 09:20PM
Mediocrates wrote:
How's that a problem? Register your gun then. You register your car, but expect to not have to register a weapon? Get off it.
on January 17,2013 | 10:45PM
manakuke wrote:
Our clueless legislators at work. Hawaii has one of the strictest firearms laws in the nation. However mental health treatment is severely underfunded if not furloughed. Addressing issues of ‘loose cannons preying on innocent victims?
on January 17,2013 | 03:31PM
echo808 wrote:
Amen, Brother......
on January 17,2013 | 03:40PM
false wrote:
Remember back in the 1970s when you had to show an ID to buy ammo. And remember the headache it created for the police and the stores... and studies showed it did NOTHING to prevent crime or trace guns or criminals.... That's why we no longer have such a stupid law any more.
on January 17,2013 | 03:51PM
false wrote:
Isn't it ironic that the picture is of a so called "Assault Rifle" ? And NO "assault rifle" was used in the Sandy Hook attack.
on January 17,2013 | 04:02PM
SteveToo wrote:
Shoots, all my guns were bought prior to 1994. Better go stock up NOW.
on January 17,2013 | 05:02PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on January 17,2013 | 05:35PM
HAL9000 wrote:
Why doesn't the state of Hawaii FULLY fund education and mental health, fully fund special education, and counseling for adult mental health patience instead of making new gun laws? Why? Because Hawaii is a colony of followers, and not a State of thinkers! This governor has gone out of his way to cut Special education funding to classrooms by 3.3 million dollars. He has cut education by over 90 million dollars. Cut education and you get uneducated people running guns.
on January 17,2013 | 10:14PM
Mediocrates wrote:
That is an OUTSTANDING idea. It's simple, fair, and works specifically to keep ammunition out of the hands of the criminals that gun advocates are always crying about in saying if you restrict guns then only criminals will have guns - well if you restrict the bullets only legal gun owners will have the bullets. Ingenious!
on January 17,2013 | 10:43PM
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