Gun Control: Will Triggers Soon Make the Gun Illegal?

demonstrating the proper trigger press of a pistol

While it is still pending a committee referral, Hawaii Senator Karl Rhoads’ (D) SB 2046 would make it a crime to own, manufacture, possess, sell, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquire a firearm accessory that can be used to increase the gun’s rate of fire. Such accessories include competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes, all of which are modifications that law-abiding gun owners commonly make to their firearms.

replacing the trigger assembly on an AR-15 rifle
If Senator Rhodes has his way, simple modifications such a replacing a trigger could make the gun illegal.
This is not an issue with the legislative process. Opposing views should be discussed and legislation should be introduced. At times, anti Second Amendment legislation such as this is good to keep people focused, involved, and united in our opposition. The issue worth discussion is the lack of truth or reason behind the proposed legislation. Senator Rhoads did not include any studies or research to indicate a ban on the aforementioned firearm modifications would decrease gun-related crime. Shouldn’t there be a desired effect other than simply being anti gun and therefore trying to capitalize by proposing legislation you know the majority of the citizens are opposed to? How does this differ from the so-called gun show loophole or the dollars squandered when the ATF was directed to try to buy firearm illegally online as was reported by The Shooter’s Log recently? Why hasn’t the opposition at least touted the honesty of gun owners who refused to make an illegal transaction. It turns out, law-abiding gun owners are just that—Law Abiding, but we do not hear that even from the pro-gun legislators!

Is Hawaii Anti Gun?

SB 2014 follows a pattern of Hawaii’s anti-gun sentiment as of late. Last November, Hawaii police were asking medical marijuana users to voluntarily surrender their firearms and ammunition, even if they have not violated any laws or committed any crimes.

Gun with a red circle bar over it

“This letter is to inform you that under the provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Section 134-7(a), you are disqualified from firearms ownership, possession, or control of firearms,” reads a letter that was sent out to local medical marijuana patients. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition.

“If you currently own or have any firearms, you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit, and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) or otherwise transfer ownership. A medical doctor’s clearance letter is required for any further firearms applications or return of firearms from HPD evidence.”

Get Involved

We have President Trump in the White House, and that is a blessing for the Second Amendment and the future of our Constitutional rights, but that does not mean the fight is on hold or others at a state or local level are not doing everything they can to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. Talk to an anti-gun politician. Listen to their arguments. Decide whether they have a legitimate reason in your opinion, or they simply believe they know what’s better for you than you do.  Ask yourself, do they even understand the issues or are they blindly regurgitating talking points someone else fed them.

Next, get involved and stay in the fight for the Second Amendment. Educate yourself and be politically active. Otherwise, your state may be next on the list to adopt a state regulation that requires registration of all firearms.

How have you supported the Second Amendment lately? Was it though direct involvement in politics or supporting pro guns groups such as the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, or others? Share your answers in the comment section.


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Comments (13)

  1. As an engineer I’m trying to wrap my head around the absurdity of trying to ban “accessories” that can be found as stock items on certain firearms (where those “accessories” would be considered repair/replacement parts) — and the only explanation that seems to support the creation of such proposed legislation is that: there must be something in the water……

    Of course this also makes me wonder how long before someone tries to legislate “an allowable rate of fire” because some people have just gained the ability to shoot “too fast” (even though many don’t appreciate just how quickly even a break-action single-shot firearm can be run).

  2. So .. if I read this correctly, medical marijuana users will be banned from firearm ownership …. I suppose that illegal marijuana use is compatible with gun ownership in Island paradise. Logic only a Progressive could come up with. Gotta remember that a bunch of these politicians are hooked on alcohol and cocktail parties (for social consumption .. only, of course), nothing like a good drunk and a gun in hand.

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