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.
A public hearing on Senate Bill
69, will take place today at 3 pm in Conference Room 224 at the State Capitol
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)