Hawaii Governor Puts All Legal Gun Owners Into FBI Criminal Watch List Database
While gun control has been up for heated debate in Congress since the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people, Hawaii’s governor signed a bill into law making it the first U.S. state to place legal gun owners into a federal database.
The database, which is operated by the FBI is called the “Rap Back” system, notifies police when a gun owner is arrested for a crime anywhere in the U.S.
Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Thursday following the sit-in by democrats in Congress demanding for gun control measures to be made.
The new Hawaiian bill has police place people into an FBI criminal monitoring database after their firearms are registered.
The law also allows police to evaluate whether or not a firearm owner should be allowed to own a firearm after being arrested.
“This will allow county police departments in Hawaii to evaluate whether the firearm owner may continue to legally possess and own firearms,” the Hawaii’s governor’s office said in a statement.
“As you can imagine, the NRA finds this one of the most extreme bills we’ve ever seen,” Amy Hunter,a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s institute for legislative action, told Reuters. Gun owners outside of Hawaii could also be affected, because the state requires visitors carrying guns to register, Hunter added.
It is “common sense legislation that does not hurt anyone,” said Hawaii state Senator Will Espero, a democratic gun owner who co-authored the law.