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Hawaii bill would allow gun seizure after hospitalization

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii gun owners are speaking out against a bill they say would allow police to take their guns without due process.

State lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with a bill to force gun owners to immediately surrender firearms after undergoing an emergency hospitalization for mental health issues. The proposed law would require police to give gun owners written notice to immediately surrender all firearms. But if gun owners fail to do so, the chief of police could seize all firearms and ammunition.

Supporters say getting guns out of a mentally-ill person's hands as quickly as possible is critical to preventing dangerous situations. Yet opponents say the bill ignores due process because it doesn't require a judicial order, and instead takes away a constitution right simply for receiving medical treatment.

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