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Hawaii lawmakers want to ban residents from using guns drunk

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By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Like the rest of the country, Hawaii residents aren't allowed to drink and drive. But there's no state law stopping them from using a gun while drunk.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill Friday to ban residents from operating or possessing firearms while using drugs or alcohol. The Hawaii Attorney General's Office says current laws don't explicitly ban people from using guns while intoxicated.

The Hawaii bill comes in the midst of a national debate on gun control. Honolulu Police Department Maj. Richard Robinson says most U.S. states have enacted laws restricting the use of firearms while intoxicated.

Data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows Hawaii has the lowest gun-death and ownership rate in the nation in 2014. Over 33,000 Americans were killed by gunfire that same year.

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