One State’s Trigger Modification Bill Set For Hearing Today

By Tom Knighton

Following the atrocity in Las Vegas, many lawmakers throughout the nation have been preoccupied with banning not just bump stocks, but anything which may allow for a higher rate of fire. One of the latest is the state of Hawaii, which will be holding a hearing on their bill today.

On Tuesday, February 13 2018, the House Committee on Judiciary has scheduled to hear House Bill 1908, legislation prohibiting certain trigger modifications. Contact members of the Committee and urge their opposition to HB 1908 by clicking on the take action button below.

Also, please consider submitting testimony to the committee through the Hawaii Legislature website. In order to submit testimony, you will need to create an account. For help creating an account and submitting testimony, click here.

House Bill 1908, introduced by Representative Gregg Takayama (D-34), would make it a felony for any person who “manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the State, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses” certain trigger modifications. The broad language of this bill could encompass many common modifications done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

The problem with this bill is that there are plenty of ways to increase one’s rate of fire without modifying the trigger at all. Bump fire can be accomplished with things as innocuous as rubber bands or belt loops. All a bill like this will really do is negatively impact things like competition triggers.

People who want to bump fire will continue to — legally, even.

Unfortunately, laws are often crafted by people who know nothing about guns. They step up, pontificate endlessly about the need for new Click to see the original article