• Hawai'i House Democrats

Bills Signed: HB490, HB31, HB1366

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Governor David Ige signed into law:


HB490 HD2 SD1 lowers the age at which enhanced penalties apply for crimes against seniors from sixty-two years of age to sixty years of age. This bill also makes commission of certain criminal offenses against a senior's person or property applicable if the perpetrator knows or reasonably should know the senior victim's age.


HB 31 raises the maximum age of minors for which safe storage of firearms is required from 16 to 18 years old.


HB 1366 HD1 goes into effect on January 1, 2022 which amends the Class C felony offense of manufacturing, purchasing, or obtaining firearm parts to assemble a firearm having no serial number, to also prohibit possession of those firearm parts.


Statement by Representative Patrick Pihana Branco on Governor's Bill Signing of HB1366


"By closing a serious loophole in current laws prohibiting ghost guns, HB 1366 will help protect our communities by keeping these unmarked, unregistered guns off our streets. Mahalo to the Attorney General's office and county police departments for their support in getting this important legislation passed."


Statement by Chair Gregg Takayama on Governor's Bill Signing of HB31


"This is a common-sense measure aimed at protecting 16- and 17-year-olds, who are statistically the most prone to attempting suicide. This is not an added burden for responsible gun owners, who already recognize the importance of safely securing their firearms from other family members, visitors and intruders. The addition of this bill will aide in promoting weapon safety for generations to come.”



Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.


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