Companion bills submitted to this year’s Hawaii State Legislature aren’t fooling around when it comes to toy guns.

The bills would make it a crime to sell or offer to sell a toy gun to a minor in Hawaii: “Penalty any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or both,” the legislation says.

HB432 and SB749 were submitted to the House and Senate by Rep. Scott Saiki and Sen. Carol Fukunaga, respectively.

The bills make it unlawful to sell a toy gun to someone under age 18 unless the buyer used false identification or appeared 18 or older.

The bills have been submitted to the Judiciary Committee in the House and the Commerce and Consumer Protection and the Judiciary and Labor committees in the Senate.

A hearing is set next Tuesday in the Senate Consumer Protection Committee at 9 a.m. in room 229.

Nationally, various states and cities have looked at banning sales of realistic-looking toy guns. Last year, a law went into effect in Arkansas barring the sale of toy guns that look real.

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  1. The Legislature has obviously forgotten about “straw” purchases. An adult and a child go into a toy store. The child (under 18) indicates to the adult which toy weapon to buy. The adult legally purchases the toy weapon and hands it to the child. “Straw” purchase. The legislature better amend those bills quickly. We can’t have children playing with toys. ***sarcasm now switched off***
    “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3, scene 2

  2. It simply amazes me that our State Representatives and Senators have nothing else better to do but attack the toys our children play with. Having our State Government dictate to us how to raise our children; how “Orwellian” this issue is.

    Isn’t there something a bit more important than this? Like say the $800 million dollar budget deficit? Or the nearly $18 Billion dollars of unfunded liabilities that need to be dealt with.

    Shouldn’t State Representative Scott Saiki and Senator Carol Fukunaga be reviewing the State’s budget in an effort to cut the ballooning size of some of the State’s various Departments?

    And these are the same intellectuals who decided to give themselves a pay raise for the ineptness they created. Meanwhile, they continue to punish you and I for their mistakes with their tax and over spending agendas. Who keeps electing these people; not I.

    Albert Einstein said it best: “Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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