HB888, creating a petty misdemeanor for recklessly possessing a loaded firearm when intoxicated, including in your own home, is passing.
If you come home from a party after drinking, or you are on narcotics recovering from surgery, and go to bed with your loaded self defense gun in a bedside drawer or lockbox, you could be charged. If you are having a beer and cleaning your gun in your carport after a range session and then reloading it because it’s your self defense gun, anyone who saw you could initiate a police investigation.
An anti-gun Prosecutor or Judge could consider the charge a “violent” misdemeanor and if convicted, you would lose all your guns and your gun rights.
F-rated House Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads got the Senate to agree to his language, deleting “in public”, and “discharge” from the Senate version, after 3 conference committees at which no public testimony is taken.
The bill will come up for a final vote in the House and Senate early next week. E-MAIL OR FAX YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR NOW, ASKING THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON HB888! ASK THEM TO TELL THE HOUSE SPEAKER, JOE SOUKI, AND THE SENATE PRESIDENT, DONNA KIM, TO “RE-COMMIT” THE BILL TO COMMITTEE SO PUBLIC TESTIMONY WILL BE HEARD ON THE BILL NEXT YEAR.
YOU LEGISLATORS GET HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS, SO PHONE DURING BUSINESS HOURS TO FOLLOW UP. ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR LEGISLATOR.
GO TO www.capitol.hawaii.gov AND CLICK ON “Find Your Legislator” in the upper left corner of the home page for their contact information.
Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison