STAND. COM. REP. NO. 430
RE: S.B. No. 600
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 600 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREARMS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to restrict any person less than twenty-one years of age from bringing any firearm into the State.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Honolulu Police Department and O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the National Rifle Association of America, Hawaii Firearms Coalition, Hawaii Rifle Association, Hawaii Leaders Shooters Legion, Institute for Rational and Evidence-Based Legislation, Waianae Hunting Association, and two hundred thirty-one individuals.
Your Committee finds that persons already in the State and applying for a permit to acquire ownership of a firearm in Hawaii must be at least twenty-one years old. Your Committee further finds that, although state law requires that a person who arrives in the State and brings a firearm must register the firearm with the applicable police department, there is currently no minimum age to bring a firearm into the State. This measure establishes a minimum age requirement for persons bringing a firearm into the State consistent with the minimum age to apply for a firearm permit.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 600 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair