In a shocking move, Hawaii has become the first ever U.S. state to place its entire gun-owning population onto an FBI watch list. The days that once seemed to be the descriptions of mere conspiratorial ramblings have now become a reality.
According to Drudge Today:
“The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, on Thursday signed into law a bill to have police in the state enroll people into an FBI criminal monitoring service after they register their firearms as already required, his office said in a statement.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation database called “Rap Back” will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States.
Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place firearm owners on the FBI’s Rap Back, which until now was used to monitor criminal activities by individuals under investigation or people in positions of trust such as school teachers and daycare workers
“As you can imagine, the NRA finds this one of the most extreme bills we’ve ever seen,” said Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s institute for legislative action.
The law could affect gun owners outside Hawaii, because the state requires visitors carrying guns to register, Hunter said.
As a result, they could be added to “Rap Back” with no clear protocol for being removed, she said.
Hawaii state Senator Will Espero, a Democrat and a co-author of the law who owns a gun, called the law “common sense legislation that does not hurt anyone.”
Only time will tell if this new measure will do anything but further restrict the freedoms of the law abiding.