Today on the news, I heard of the toy guns bill being presented in Hawaii. The bill does not address the right to own for children but simply the right to buy or purchase toys such as water guns. Toys that have been around for decades. What next will they address ownership, will it go so far as to make it illegal to point a finger.
Raising boys I learned fast that even without being taught how to take aim and fire with their fingers. Is this going to be down the road - illegal to play games? Good old games like war, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians? Will the thought police make it illegal to say BANG BANG? STOP THE INSANITY!
Part of the bill is outlined below
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 709, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§709- Sale of toy guns to minors prohibited. (1) It shall be unlawful to sell, attempt to sell, or offer for sale a toy gun to a minor under eighteen years of age; provided that it shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution that the:
(a) Purchaser falsely represented the purchaser's age by producing a driver's license bearing a photograph of the licensee, a state identification card, or similar card purporting to be a valid identification card indicating that the purchaser was eighteen years of age or older;
(b) Appearance of the purchaser was such that an ordinary prudent person would believe the purchaser to be eighteen years of age or older; and
(c) Sale was made in good faith relying upon the indicators of age in paragraphs (a) and (b).
(2) 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."