Hawaii Legislators Propose Gun Buyback Program

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The national debate over gun control has led Hawaii legislators to introduce a handful of stricter gun laws, including a proposal to buy back guns.

The Gun Buyback program, or Senate Bill 69, would give Hawaii police departments a budget of $100,000 to exchange cash for people’s unwanted handguns and rifles. 

State Senator Will Espero is one of four lawmakers backing the bill.

He acknowledges that Hawaii already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. But after President Obama’s proposed gun legislation, he began to think about what could be done here in Hawaii…without infringing on the rights of gun owners.

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A public hearing on Senate Bill 69, will take place today at 3 pm in Conference Room 224 at the State Capitol building.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)