STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1856
RE: H.B. No. 720
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 720, H.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 strengthen the system of firearm reporting in the State by requiring firearm owners to report lost, stolen, or destroyed firearms.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the County of Hawai‘i Office of the Mayor, City and County of Honolulu Police Department, O‘ahu County Democrats Legislative Priorities Committee, and two individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Rational and Evidence-Based Legislation, and twenty-three individuals.
Your Committee finds that access to accurate information in the national and local databases for lost, stolen, or destroyed firearms enhances police officer safety in situations involving firearm ownership and possession issues. This information allows police officers to timely investigate and seize lost and stolen weapons quickly and surely. Your Committee further finds that law enforcement officers must have knowledge and an accurate record of lost, stolen, or destroyed firearms to protect the public.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 720, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair