Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. In her HuffPo pro gun control polemic Hawaii Has Shown That Gun Control Works, Hanabusa paints a picture of a gun control island paradise, where “common sense limits on gun ownership” have helped Hawaii achieve and preserve “our low level of gun-related violence.” Oh really? Let’s take a closer look at those limits and take a peek at Hawaii’s crime stats . . .
“Hawaii’s gun laws are strict, but hardly draconian,” Hanabusa asserts. Wrong. Hawaii is a “may issue” state. Local (not state) law enforcement authorities decide whether or not residents get to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms—according to criteria of four county police chiefs’ choosing. Oh, and just like Rhode Island, Hawaii doesn’t honor a concealed carry permit from any other state.
Bottom line: denial and disarmament is the default option. As civil.liberty.about.com puts it “Hawaii is perhaps the nation’s strictest state for concealed carry; very few permits are issued.