Governor Abercrombie, in his budget sent to the Legislature for 2013-2015, has listed a $3.25 million budget item to plan, design, construct and equip a new shooting range in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in February 2007 and advanced again by Governor Lingle’s “Recreational Renaissance” but never funded, the proposal involves general-purpose rifle, pistol, 3-D bow hunting and archery ranges and a sporting clays course initially and then a 1,000-yard rifle, 100-yard airgun, action pistol, and pistol, rifle and trap and skeet ranges, an education center, rest rooms, picnic areas and parking. A world-class shooting complex. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already committed $305,000. The site, a square mile of land within the Pu’uanahulu Game Management area, immune from encroachment, is near the Kona hotels. This budget item has already passed the House and has crossed to the Senate. If the Senate approves, it stays in the budget.
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Subject: Pu’uananhulu Range
Hon. Senators on Senate Ways and Means, Chair, David Y. Ige, Vice Chair; Michelle Kidani; Members Donovan Dela Cruz, J.Kalani English, Gilbert Kahele, Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Ronald D. Kouchi, Russell Ruderman, Laura Thielen, Jill Tokuda, and Sam Slom,
Please support this line item in the budget:
3. D01G PUUANAHULU SHOOTING RANGE FACILITY, HAWAII. PLANS, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PUUANAHULU SHOOTING RANGE FACILITY. THIS PROJECT IS DEEMED NECESSARY TO QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL AID FINANCING AND/OR REIMBURSING.
|TOTAL FUNDING||LNR||750 C||2,500 C|
|LNR||2,250 N||7,500 N|
The March 2013 Hawaii Attorney General’s report shows that gun ownership in our Islands has surged over the last 12 years. Range development is non-existent during that same period. There are presently no public rifle and pistol ranges on our largest Island. The number of permits processed in Hawaii County alone climbed by 339% during that period, registrations 349%, and imported firearms 425%.
The proposed range complex for Kailua-Kona can draw large national mainland shooting groups for rifle, pistol, shotgun, cowboy action, and handgun competitions during the winter months when their ranges on the mainland are covered with snow and ice. There is no range in the State that can accommodate this level of shooting sports.
Thank you for your consideration on this budget item.