A national firearms database is the anti-gun lobby’s Holy Grail. They’ll deny it, of course, but make no mistake: the end game of “common sense gun control” is a national database that allows federal officials to identify every gun owner and track every gun in the United States.
So far they’ve failed miserably. No such database exists because the American people have voted against it again and again. They understand that maintaining the integrity of the Second Amendment is a key safeguard against federal tyranny.
But anti-gunners are a tricky bunch.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Hawaii state legislature has passed a bill that will enter gun owners into an already-existing FBI database known as the “Rap Back.” The “Rap Back” is a database that automatically notifies police if a listed person is arrested anywhere else in the country.
It was created to store the names of people in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
If Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige signs the new bill, Hawaiian gun owners will be entered into the “Rap Back” whenever they purchase a gun. According to the AP report, gun owners will also pay an additional fee to cover the cost of being entered into the database.
It is, essentially, a hybridized system that combines local and federal laws to create the Holy Grail of gun control.
The most terrifying part is that the gun control lobby is already looking to introduce similar legislation in other states.
Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said told the AP that “Hawaii could serve as a model for other states if it becomes the first to enact the law.” Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, called the bill “groundbreaking.”
Needless to say, Hawaiian gun owners are not happy.
“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,” Jerry Ilo—a firearm and hunting instructor for the state—told the AP. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”
“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” added Kenneth Lawson, a faculty member at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
Despite these criticisms, University of California law professor David Levine believes the bill would stand up in court. He told the AP that recent Supreme Court rulings have clarified states’ ability to regulate gun sales, which allows them, it seems, to utilize a federal database in order to do so.
A spokeswoman for the governor said that the bill will undergo a legal review process before Gov. Ige decides if he will sign it into law. Taking point on that determination will be the Attorney General’s office, which supported the bill.