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This week Hawaii became this first state in the nation to turn over all of its gun owners to a federal database, but it hopes to be a model for other states to do the same.
The database, called “Rap Back,” is run by the FBI and informs police when a gun owner is arrested anywhere in the U.S., CNN reported.
“This will allow county police departments in Hawaii to evaluate whether the firearm owner may continue to legally possess and own firearms,” the state’s Democrat Gov. David Ige said in a statement.
“This is about our community’s safety and responsible gun ownership,” the statement read. “This system will better enable our law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of all Hawaii residents and visitors to our islands.”
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) June 24, 2016
Maj. Richard Robinson of the Honolulu Police Department celebrated the law as an “ongoing background check on firearm owners.”
The HPD and the man who introduced the bill, State Sen. Will Espero, believe it could serve as a model for other states to follow, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.
Opponents of the law, including the National Rifle Association, lashed out at the measure.
“Why are law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right being entered into a criminal database? Would you enter people exercising their right to free speech into a criminal database?”one of the bill’s opponents, Quentin Kealoha, asked during the public comment process .
The NRA had a similar response on social media.
— NRA (@NRA) June 24, 2016
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