Hawaii becomes first state to place law-abiding gun owners on watch list

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Scare tactics.

From Fox News:

Hawaii signed a bill Thursday to become the first state to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Gov. David Ige said in a statement that the legislation is about community safety and responsible gun ownership. He said it will help law enforcement agencies protect Hawaii residents and visitors.

State Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said the measure could serve as a model for other states. However, critics believe gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right.

…”I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state, told the Associated Press last month. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

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“Critics believe”? Ugh. Journalism is dead. How about citing the utter unconstitutionality of placing law-abiding people on lists.

People who aren’t criminals shouldn’t be on government lists (with the exception of those who are under criminal investigation or those who are seriously suspected of future crime — and even in those cases, they retain all rights until they have due process). Gun ownership is a God-given right. It would be a safer world if more people exercised it.

This is a dangerous precedent but I expect more states to follow suit.