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Hawaii bill would ban stalkers from buying guns

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are pushing to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and sex offenders to help combat domestic violence.

A bill being considered Tuesday would ban anyone convicted of misdemeanor for stalking or sexual assault from buying or owning guns. The bill aims to tackle domestic violence, which the state Health Department says affects nearly 15 percent of adults in Hawaii.

However, opponents say the bill is too broad, and unwelcomed text messages could be counted as misdemeanor stalking.

Despite being in the midst of a nationwide gun debate, over a dozen states have strengthened laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, sexual predators and stalkers. In a recent executive action, President Barack Obama said protecting domestic violence victims was one of his goals.

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