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SB3196: More Gun Control on the Agenda
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 2137 Views :: Second Amendment

Attention Hawaii Residents: Your Voice Matters in Shaping Gun Legislation!

from Hawaii Firearms Coalition, Feb 10, 2024

The Hawaii State Legislature is currently considering a bill that significantly expands the existing assault weapons ban, including stricter regulations on assault rifles, shotguns, and high-capacity magazines.

Key Aspects of the Proposed Bill:

-Expansion of Assault Weapons Ban: The bill proposes to amend the definition of prohibited assault weapons to include assault rifles, assault shotguns, .50 caliber rifles, and attachments that convert firearms into assault-style weapons. This would in effect, ban ALL semi-automatic rifles with a detachable magazine and owning any spare parts to repair them. It would ban ALL AR and AK pattern rifles as well as many others by name, Regardless of features.

-Change to Assault Pistols BAN: It seeks to update the regulations surrounding assault pistols, banning pistols with any single feature. For example, a threaded barrel

-Restrictions on High-Capacity Magazines: The bill aims to expand the ban on high-capacity magazines, applying it to any magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds.

-Prohibition on Importation and Transfer: It would be unlawful to bring or transfer assault rifles and shotguns into the state. You could not travel with your firearms if they meet the definition of an assault weapon.

-Exceptions for Law Enforcement;: The bill creates exceptions for the acquisition and possession of prohibited firearms by members of law enforcement.

-And much more. See the bill text for more details.

Why Your Testimony is Important:

-Defend Your Rights: This is a critical moment to voice concerns and defend the rights of responsible gun owners. Your testimony can highlight the impact of the proposed changes on lawful activities and traditions.

-Influence Legislation: Public testimony plays a crucial role in legislative processes. Your input can help shape the outcome of the bill, ensuring that laws are fair and considerate of all stakeholders.

-Raise Awareness: Participating in the legislative process by submitting testimony raises awareness about the nuances of gun control legislation and its implications for citizens.

How to Submit Your Testimony:

-Prepare Your Statement: Clearly state your opposition to the bill, focusing on how it will affect you and other lawful gun owners. Be concise, respectful, and factual.

-Submit Online: Use the Hawaii State Legislature's website to submit your testimony. You will need to create an account and search for the bill by number; TYPE SB3196 in the search bar and click submit testimony.

-Attend Hearings: If possible, attend legislative hearings on the bill to present your testimony in person or via Zoom. Your physical presence can make a strong impact.

Deadline for Submission:

-The hearing is on February 14th at 3 pm. Written testimony must be submitted 24 hours in advance,

This bill represents a significant increase in gun control. Whether you are a gun owner, a sportsman, or simply concerned about your rights, now is the time to engage with your state legislature. Your testimony can make a difference in preserving the balance between safety and the rights of law-abiding citizens. Don't miss this opportunity to be heard!

SB3196: Testimony, Text, Status

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