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Obama’s home state introduces ‘GROUNDBREAKING’ gun bill…

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President Obama has made no secret of his intentions to make gun control a priority in his waning months in office. He’s asked his team to look for every possible way he can take action on his own — without Congress. Because apparently that whole separation of powers thing doesn’t apply to Emperor Obama.

Meanwhile, liberal bastions like California have been in a frenzy passing of flurry of new gun regulations.

And now, none other than President Obama’s home state may be the first to put gun owners in a federal database.

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Via The Associated Press:

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

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

“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” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.” 

Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.

Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said Hawaii could serve as a model for other states if it becomes the first to enact the law.

That’s exactly one big reason why Hawaii’s move is worrisome — it sets a precedent for other states to follow. And many gun owners fear the federal database lays the groundwork for government confiscation of guns. In order to ban and confiscate firearms, the government first has to know where they are, and of course a federal database is just the ticket.

But even aside from the slippery slope that could lead to confiscation, many argue this is curtailing Americans’ constitutional right — that exercising a constitutional right shouldn’t require one giving up their privacy to be forced into a database, even when they haven’t done anything wrong.

“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” said Kenneth Lawson, faculty at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

“This is an extremely dangerous bill. Exercising a constitutional right is not inherently suspicious,” said Amy Hunter for the National Rifle Association. “Hawaii will now be treating firearms as suspect and subject to constant monitoring.”

Legal experts say the bill could face challenges, but would probably hold up in court. Recent Supreme Court rulings have clarified states’ ability to regulate gun sales, said David Levine, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

The bill will undergo a legal review process by departments including the Attorney General’s Office, which supported the bill, before Gov. David Ige decides if he will sign it into law, said Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for the governor.

Another bill that on its own, in isolation, may seem relatively small but it like turning up the gas a notch on the frog in hot water… turn by turn, the Democrats are gradually taking aim at our Second Amendment. Won’t be long before we find ourselves in truly boiling water.

All part of Obama’s grand plan to fundamentally transform America.

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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