Governor signs 2 bills tightening state’s gun laws

The Associated Press and The Maui News

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige signed into law two bills that will tighten the state’s already strict gun regulations.

One bill Ige signed Monday bans bump stocks, which are devices that allow guns to be fired like assault weapons. The gunman in the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people in October used a bump stock.

The other bill will cut the time a gun owner who is disqualified from possessing a firearm would have to turn in his or her weapon. People will have seven days to turn in their weapon, down from 30 days.

This law aims to protect people from domestic abusers. An individual would lose the right to possess a gun after being indicted, for example, or after receiving a temporary restraining order.

“I am proud that Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation thanks to our strict gun laws,” Ige said. “At the same time, we must protect the rights of gun owners and hunters to own and use guns safely. This legislation will help us uphold the rights of gun owners while keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unfit individuals.”

At the bill signing ceremony, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced a 30-day amnesty program that allows bump stock owners to turn in their firearm at any police station or to call 911 for officers to pick it up.