STAND. COM. REP. NO. 679-20


Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2020


RE: H.B. No. 1902

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




Your Committees on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1902 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure to:


(1) Extend the prohibition for large capacity magazines to all firearms, rather than just pistols; and


(2) Provide an exception to the prohibition for law enforcement agencies and duly authorized officers.


Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Honolulu Police Department; Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii; Church of the Crossroads; Giffords Law Center; and numerous individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the National Rifle Association of America; Puuloa Rifle & Pistol Club; Young Guns; Hawaii Firearms Coalition; Mid-Pacific Pistol League; Lessons in Firearms Education; Danger Close Tactical; and over one hundred individuals.


Your Committees find that the State first prohibited the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds which are designed for or capable of use with a pistol in 1992. Your Committees find that, by extending this prohibition to other firearms, this measure will improve the State's gun safety laws by reducing the ease and speed with which a shooter can fire a large number of rounds.


Your Committees have amended this measure by:


(1) Inserting the language from H.B. No. 2232 (Regular Session 2020), which:


(A) Prohibits certain individuals from owning firearms who:


(1) As a minor, were diagnosed with behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders, unless the person has been medically documented to be no longer either adversely affected by the behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder or deemed a danger to themselves or others; or


(2) Were adjudicated by the family court to have committed a certain number of crimes of violence; and


(B) Requires records of these diagnoses or adjudications to be made available to law enforcement officials;


(2) Including a person who is twenty-five years of age in the firearm prohibition of persons adjudicated by the family court of having committed more than one crime of violence; and


(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1902, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1902, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs and Judiciary,