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Guns in the News: Where to Vacation

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Florida and Hawaii are very much the same … and altogether different. Florida’s population is 22 million, and the Department of State claims 633 miles of public beaches. Florida boasts a pro-Second Amendment governor and a healthy, conservative outlook for business. Hawaii has only 1.5 million inhabitants and 185 miles of “sandy shoreline.” The Aloha State is solidly Democrat.

Shall-Issue vs. May-Issue

In Florida — a shall-issue state — concealed carry is legal with a Florida Concealed Weapons License (CWL) or a CCW permit from one of the 35 reciprocal states that Florida honors. Florida has issued more than 2 million concealed carry permits, all valid for seven years. It currently has 109 attorneys enrolled in the USCCA network.

Hawaii is a may-issue state. A county chief of police may grant a permit “in an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property.” Just 26 states honor a Hawaii concealed carry permit. Hawaii’s counties have issued a few hundred permits in total, which are good for one year and only within the county in which they are issued. Two attorneys participate in the USCCA network.

Although Hawaii already “has some of the strongest gun-safety laws in the nation, having received an A-minus rating from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence,” writes Democratic Sen. Clarence Nishihara in the introduction to his Senate Bill 2519, there is apparently no such thing as enough for Democratic social engineers.

When Will It Be Enough?

Right now in Hawaii, two legislative initiatives should concern all responsibly armed Americans, even those who reside elsewhere. Elected representatives in Hawaii believe that simply passing a law will stop crime in its tracks and turn criminals into law-respecting citizens. SB 2519 is designed to eliminate from the state of Hawaii, all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds:

The purpose of this Act is to reduce gun violence in the State by:

(1)  Prohibiting the possession of large-capacity magazines for all types of firearms, unless it was legally in possession of an individual prior to this Act;

(2)  Requiring every person in the State who was in possession of a detachable ammunition magazine prior to this Act to register the magazine with the appropriate county police department; and

(3)  Prohibiting the sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer or acquisition, except by means of inheritance, of a detachable ammunition magazine that was legally in an individual’s possession prior to this Act and requiring the inheritor to update the registration with the appropriate county police department.

Democratic Rep. Karl Rhoads also believes ammo should be highly regulated. Thus, his Senate Bill 2635 “requires a purchaser to present to a seller a valid government-issued identification card and a valid permit to acquire a firearm, a handgun safety training course affidavit or a hunter education card. [The bill] requires the licensing of sellers of ammunition, and for the identification and proper permitting of purchasers or possessors of ammunition. [It also] regulates ammunition in the same manner that firearms are regulated.”

Make Your Money Count

So as you plan your late winter or spring vacation, you have a very clear-cut choice: Take your family to the state that shares your values, enshrines them into law and believes that you have an absolute right to self-defense: Florida, the Sunshine (or Gunshine) State. Vote with your dollar and your feet.


About Rick Sapp

Rick Sapp earned his Ph.D. in social anthropology after his time in the U.S. Army working for the 66th Military Intelligence Group, USAREUR, during the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Following his time in Paris, France, he worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before turning to journalism and freelance writing. Along with being published in several newspapers and magazines, Rick has authored more than 50 books for a variety of publishers.

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