The 50th state has become the first in the nation to step up monitoring of firearms with the signing of new legislation in Hawaii on Wednesday. Senate Bill 2954, which Gov. David Ige signed into Act 108, authorizes county police departments in Hawaii to have a criminal-record-monitoring service keep tabs on individuals who apply for and register their firearms. The Honolulu Civil Beat quoted Espero as saying Gov. Ige's signing of the bill would "make Hawaii a national leader in safe gun laws and a model for other states."