On January 4, 2016 President Obama announced executive actions related to firearms, which will have little-to-no impact on Hawaii, where gun laws are already strict.
Here are the actions that would impact some states, and why they won’t make it harder to get a firearm in Hawaii:
Require licensing of firearms dealers even if they only do business at gun shows or online. (Hawaii only allows people to browse, not buy, at gun shows due to permitting requirements, HRS §134-2.)
Apply the same background check requirements that individuals must meet to individuals attempting to purchase firearms as a trust, corporation or other legal entity. (Hawaii’s permitting requirements apply to an individual attempting to purchase firearms as another type of legal entity, HRS §134-2.)
Here are the actions to enforce the laws that are already in place:
Hire more staff to establish 24/7 processing capabilities for federal background checks. (Hawaii requires a federal background check for a firearms purchase, HRS §134-2.)
Provide resources to identify persons who are prohibited from possessing a firearm due to mental health reasons. (Hawaii bars individuals diagnosed with “a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder” from possessing a firearm, HRS §134-7.)
Provide funding to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for agents and investigators.
Here are other actions that don’t directly relate to enforcement or purchases:
Renew efforts for U.S. Attorneys to work with domestic violence victim advocacy groups.
Provide resources to increase access to mental health care.
Require the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to research, develop, and use “smart gun technology” and report on their use of such technology.
Require sellers to notify law enforcement if their firearms are lost or stolen in transit.