More gun regulation and buy back programs are some ideas at the Hawaii State Capitol
From the President down to local lawmakers, people are talking about gun control.
HONOLULU - From the President down to local lawmakers, people are talking about gun control.
"We're looking at gun control again because of what has happened with the shootings in Florida and Las Vegas," Rep. Cindy Evans said.
At the State Capitol, lawmakers already brought up the issue of carrying concealed weapons, banning bump stocks and have looked into a gun amnesty program to get unwanted weapons out of homes and out of circulation.
"Our job as policy makers is to figure that out, what is reasonable and makes us feels safe and secure and also protects people's second amendment freedom," Evans said.
According to an Attorney General's report to the legislature, other cities have found success with gun amnesty programs where weapons were turned in for gift cards.
"We need to work with our chief of police, all four of them, we have really good law enforcement in Hawaii, between prosecutors and chief of police, we should ask them to come to the table," Evans said.
The Honolulu Police Department also held successful gun buyback programs in the past, collecting over a 1,000 weapons in four different events, and current chief Susan Ballard expressed her support for a gun amnesty program.
But 1,000 guns is still a very small number of the privately owned firearms. 20 years ago, that number was conservatively estimated at a million guns.
Since that time, more than a half a million more have been registered, while another quarter million have been imported.
Not all measures under consideration would strengthen Hawaii's gun laws, which are some of the strictest in the country.
One measure would cut down on the waiting period to purchase a weapon.
"Currently on the books, it is 30 days and people have said that is too long, I think it is too long so we proposed originally a 24 hour wait period," Sen. Clarence Nishihara said.
The bill advancing through the Capitol was modified to a seven day waiting period.
Nishihara just introduced a resolution to gather all of Hawaii's gun statutes, restrictions and data on violent crimes using guns, so lawmakers can make better decisions on firearms measures in the future.
"We always seem to go back and forth on this, but I think we should take away the emotions and look at what the facts are... What I want is another set of eyes look at it say ok, what is reasonable maybe somethings can be strengthened or loosened," Nishihara said.