The Anti-gunners are at it again, and this time, they have taken their totalitarian efforts to whole new disturbing level.
Hawaii just became the first state in the United States to place firearm owners into a federal database. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed bill SB 2954 on Thursday, making every gun owner in the state subject to tracking no matter where they go in the country.
“This is about our community’s safety and responsible gun ownership. this system will better enable our law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of all Hawaii residents and visitors to our islands,” Ige said.
The bill requires Hawaii gun owners to register their firearms with their local police, who are then required to enter that person into an FBI criminal monitoring service. The database, which is commonly referred to as the “Rap Back” system, effectively allows the federal government and Hawaii law enforcement to monitor anyone on the list.
According to the FBI website, the system was set up to “receive notifications on the activity of the individuals who are on the list,” which consists of those who hold positions of trust (school teachers and daycare workers) or individuals under criminal investigation or who have already been convicted.
So that means all gun owners in Hawaii are now considered criminals by their government, subject to tracking and investigation without ever even being accused of a crime.
“As you can imagine, the NRA finds this one of the most extreme bills we’ve ever seen,” said Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s institute for legislative action.
Even travelers who don’t live in Hawaii are subject to being placed into this database, as the state requires all travelers and visitors carrying guns to register with the state. That means you could be added to the “Rap Back” database without any way to remove yourself from the list.
A Gun-Control model for other states?
State Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department are calling on other states to pass similar legislation saying their bill should serve as a model for other states.
“This is an extremely dangerous bill. Exercising a constitutional right is not inherently suspicious,” Amy Hunter for the National Rifle Association, said in May. “Hawaii will now be treating firearms as suspect and subject to constant monitoring.”
Governor Ige also signed a bill, HB2632, giving police the power to seize firearms and ammunition if a person has been disqualified because of mental illness or “behavioral and “emotional” problems.