In a major first step towards safe gun law reform, Hawaii has become the first state to create a database of all firearms in circulation and their respective owners. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser,
Gov. David Ige is signing a bill that makes the state the first to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.
Ige said in a statement today the legislation is about community safety and responsible gun ownership. He says it will help law enforcement agencies protect Hawaii residents and visitors.
The new law will also prevent anyone convicted of stalking or sexual assault from owning a gun.
It is hard to believe that with thousands of lives lost yearly to gun violence and more firearms in circulation than the entire population of America, we still don’t know who owns guns. Hawaii just proved that easy, common sense gun safety laws are possible. It allowed its citizens to retain their firearms, but now the state can track a crime gun to an owner and can stop criminals from owning guns. We applaud Hawaii’s action and firmly believe that it should serve as a model for the rest of the states.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.