“Late last month, we heard from Honolulu Police Department Chief Susan Ballard that she was going to ask for a reduced magazine capacity law, and we found out today that the person she has asked to sponsor the bill is Representative Gregg Takayama,” said HFC on Facebook Friday.
“Whilst it was unclear what the actual number will be, Representative Gregg Takayama gave the impression that the starting point would be five rounds,” the alert continued. “This would not only significantly reduce the number of rounds in rifles, but would also reduce the number of rounds allowed in pistols by 50%.”
Under state law, all detachable feeding devices with a capacity over 10 rounds are outlawed unless they’ve been modified to comply with the current 10-round limit.
HFC is urging gun owners in the Aloha State to contact Rep. Takayama and ask that he pull his support:
Rep. Gregg Takayama can be reached at his office: 808-586-6340. He can be e-mailed: reptakayama@Capitol.hawaii.gov. OR you can use our webform at www.hifico.org/mag
HFC also addressed some of the myths regarding standard capacity magazines.
“The common misconception is that reducing the number of rounds allowed in magazines will reduce the number of deaths in mass shootings, but as we have seen in many of the mass shootings in states like California, who already ban them, bad guys ignore the law and obtain them illegally anyway,” said HFC.
“Magazine bans only serve to benefit criminals,” they continued. “No one wants to reload when they are fighting for their lives. With home invasions becoming more common, and with multiple attackers becoming the norm, every bullet available counts.”
Courts around the country have debated the constitutionality of magazine limits. Unfortunately, until SCOTUS takes up a case on the matter, we are left with a patchwork of rulings that uphold the arbitrary limits in some states and declare them unconstitutional in others.
We’ll keep you posted more news develops on this story.