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.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.