Friday, February 07, 2014

Hawaii Gun Ban Law: Ban Manufacturing Processes

The Hawaii State Legislature is up to it's same pranks. Now Senator Clayton Hee ("intellectually outclassed by the average drunken amoeba") has introduced a bill to ban any gun manufactured by 3D printing, CNC mills, or laser cutting machines, any gun part, anything which resembles a gun or piece of a gun, and anything which the police or a police lab is unable to determine is or resembles or depicts a gun, gun part, or depicts the nature of a gun or piece of a gun.

Clear enough for you? My reading is that unless the manufacturer has a federal firearms manufacturing license (only federally required of those who produce receivers, which for federal purposes are the gun), such parts as screws, pins, grips, stocks, springs, sights, magazine followers, barrels, bolts, firing pins, extractors, and butt plates would be a felony. So would toy and replica guns and their parts and pieces, assembled or unassembled. Possibly even 3D printed depictions of firearms because it includes anything digitally produced which "depicts the shape or nature of a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof". Which would make a CDC-produced Police Memorial a felony if it included a 'depiction' of a gun.

Think I'm nuts? Here is the text of Hawaii Senate Bill 2257 :
"ยง134- Digital manufacturing technology; prohibitions; penalty. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, through the use of digital manufacturing technology, any firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof that:
(1) When fully assembled or in pieces or parts, resembles or depicts the shape or nature of a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof; or

(2) When fully assembled or in pieces or parts, resembles or depicts the shape or nature of a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof and when inspected by law enforcement or by the use of law enforcement technology, cannot be detected or identified as a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof, unless the person possesses a license to manufacture firearms pursuant to title 18 United States Code section 923(a).

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally use any firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof, manufactured through the use of digital manufacturing technology, that:
(1) When fully assembled or in pieces or parts, resembles or depicts the shape or nature of a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof; or

(2) When fully assembled or in pieces or parts, resembles or depicts the shape or nature of a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof and when inspected by law enforcement or by the use of law enforcement technology, cannot be detected or identified as a firearm, ammunition, or any piece or part thereof, unless the person possesses a license to manufacture firearms pursuant to title 18 United States Code section 923(a).

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally possess, sell, deliver, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquire any firearm manufactured through the use of digital manufacturing technology.

(d) Violation of subsection (a), (b), or (c) shall be a class C felony.

(e) For purposes of this section, "digital manufacturing technology" means the use of an integrated, computer-based system comprising simulation, three-dimensional visualization, analytics, and various collaboration tools to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously. "Digital manufacturing technology" includes but is not limited to computer numerical control mills, three-dimensional printers, and laser cutting machines."
I wrote a polite comment in the bill's comments section, but this is my blog and I suspect State Senator Clayton Hee is too stupid to be a traitor. He is a plain, simple, unredeemable idiot. He is also a fool who doesn't even have the brains to hire staff who can read his own bills with enough clarity to understand what the bill actually does. He would ban manufacturing anything which is or looks like or resembles or depicts or cannot be determined to resemble or depict or be a gun or a gun part. Would this also ban an essay on the nature of guns, or the nature of gun parts, or the nature of screws, if only it was produced digitally? Why not?

The Democratic Party of Hawaii keeps running him for office, and the People of Hawaii keep re-electing this lump of protoplasm, which says something about both the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and the efficacy of the public school system in training people to vote for any quivering blob which resembles or depicts or cannot be determined to resemble or depict the shape or nature of a legislator so long as it has a (D) after its name.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii is an insult to Democrats. And when was the last time a Democrat disagreed with the statement that "shall not be infringed" means "of course we can make it a felony"?

UPDATE: Did I mention that Senator Clayton Hee is the Chairman of the state Senate's Judiciary and Labor Committee? Rather than tuck him safely onto a back bench, the Democratic Party of Hawaii considers him wise and thoughtful enough to give him an important position. That says a lot about the quality of his Democratic colleagues.

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