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House committee passes gun control bill

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:19 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2013

The Hawaii House Committee on Public Safety is moving forward a bill to require background checks for people who bring in guns from outside the state.

The bill is the last surviving gun control proposal this legislative session, which started just weeks after the shooting deaths of 20 children in Connecticut forced the issue of gun violence onto the national agenda.

Hawaii lawmakers responded by introducing proposals to start a gun buyback program, limit the sale of ammunition to lawful gun owners and increase background checks for people with mental health issues.

But all of those proposals have failed in response to hundreds of opponents largely organized by the Hawaii Rifle Association. Many see Hawaii's existing firearm laws as extremely restrictive and fear further limits on their Second Amendment rights.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
So do the criminals notify baggage check personnel so that a form can be filled out?
on March 14,2013 | 02:30PM
SteveToo wrote:
The Right of the People to keep and bare arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! What part of that is hard to understand?
on March 14,2013 | 04:49PM
Thegame wrote:
Why don't these people come down and stand in line at HPD for a few hours and see if they have enough man-power to handle any EXTRA work!
on March 14,2013 | 05:55PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Aren't most of the assaults stabbings? Background checks and restrictions on automatic weapons are fine, but let's not go overboard, particularly with people who don't even understand guns.
on March 15,2013 | 07:10AM
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