Hawaii lawmakers propose gun buyback program

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 12:04 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers want to spend $100,000 to get unwanted guns off the streets.

A state Senate committee was expected to hear a bill Thursday that would establish a gun buyback program.

Proponents say the program would decrease opportunities for gun violence. They say guns were used in 19 percent of murders statewide in 2011.

Hawaii Rifle Association President Harvey Gerwig says the organization is only marginally opposed to the initiative because it doesn't directly affect second amendment rights.

But Gerwig says the proposed program would waste money and could lead to the destruction of historic guns.

Similar programs in other states have unearthed unusual weapons, including a missile launcher in Seattle.

The state attorney general estimates there are about 1 million guns in Hawaii.

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