STAND. COM. REP. NO. 570
RE: S.B. No. 1036
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 1036, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREARMS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Clarify that the failure to register a firearm within the required time period does not relieve the owner of the duty to register the firearm; and
(2) Allow the owner of an unregistered firearm to register the firearm thereafter without penalty.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Police Department, City and County of Honolulu; Lessons In Firearms Education; and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that existing law lacks sufficient clarity regarding the duties of firearms owners to register their firearms even after the deadline to register has passed. To ensure that all firearms are properly registered, this measure encourages owners to properly register their firearms and allows law enforcement agencies to maintain more accurate records of firearms within the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting language that specifies that the duty to register a firearm is an ongoing one;
(2) Inserting an effective date of January 7, 2059, to encourage further discussion; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1036, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1036, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,
GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair