House Bill 426 (HB426) is scheduled for a public hearing Jan 29, 2013, at 2pm in the Committee on Judiciary (JUD), in Rm 325, at the State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu.

In 2012 the Hawaii Legislature passed a law to give NRA Instructors partial immunity from incidents arising during the mandatory safety classes required for a handgun permit, against lawsuits under Hawaii’s “absolute liability” law for gun owners.  

The Hawaii plaintiff attorneys strongly opposed the bill, and now Representative Scott Saiki (Moilili, McCully, Kaimuki), himself a personal injury lawyer, has introduced this bill to repeal it.  The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Chair, Rep. Karl Rhoads, (F-rated) has scheduled it for a hearing, the first gun bill this year.  It’s a probe of our defenses, with terrible bills confiscating semi-auto rifles, ammunition restrictions, re-registration annually, re-training every two years, etc., looming.  

It is essential that large numbers of gun rights supporters send in testimony in opposition to this bill and attend the hearing to deliver it in person.  There are only a few truly anti-gun politicians in the Hawaii Legislature.  Fortunately we have a good number of supportive legislators there, too.  The majority are in between.  They are waiting to see how effective our grass-roots defense is. 

Sending testimony is simple:  Go to the Legislature web site at  enter the bill number, and fill out the form.  Submit it before 2pm Monday, Jan 28 (24 hours before the hearing). Or FAX testimony  to 808-586-8504(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer).  Keep it short, simple, and polite.  “Our gun safety instructors need  limited immunity when teaching.  Please kill this bill.” is quite enough.  Add whatever else you personally feel. 

Testifying is not simple, but it’s their game, their rules, and if you don’t play, we don’t win.  Your testimony given in person counts many times more.  Dress like you were applying for a job.
Get driving instructions and parking suggestions if you need them.*  Put 2 hours on the meter.  The bill is third on the agenda, so arrive on the 3rd floor of the Capitol building by 2pm, allowing time to find parking and walk to the Capitol.  When this bill is considered, your name will be called in the order in which your testimony was received.  Walk up to the microphone, sit down, give your name, state your opposition, and briefly explain your feelings on the issue.  No need to repeat points already effectively made.  Thank the Chair and Members for the opportunity to testify.  They may ask you questions.  If you sent testimony late, or your name was not called, after all others have testified on this bill you can raise your hand and will be heard.  Have a written copy of your testimony to give to the committee clerk.  

May we get through these troubled times with our rights intact.


Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison

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These are the worst bills so far, with possibly more yet to come. Go to the Legislature web site, for more information on the bills and who you’re Legislators are.

SB36 Re-registration, mental health background, safe storage, permits. Fast-tracked by leadership (Senate Pres. Donna Kim) with a dual referral, two committees meeting at once together, so only one chance to kill it in the Senate before it goes to finance committee. It should be interesting to see how HPD and the State Attorney General testify on this one. You must re-register of all your firearms each year. All household members must apply for a permit for all your guns. All firearms owners must have training every two years or forfeit your guns. The AG will hold at least one firearms training class annually, funded by new registration fees (amount to be determined by the Leg). Where? Aloha Stadium?

SB219 “Assault” Weapons. Simple possession is a class C felony. Provides for “relinquishment of assault weapon to law enforcement”. No grandfather clause. This is confiscation.

HB 30 Ammunition. Show registration of a gun in the caliber you seek to buy ammunition for.

SB932 Mental Health. Statewide list of persons not allowed firearms. Felony for any doctor who fails to report.

We must have hundreds of supporters sending testimony and delivering it in person at the Legislature when we get hearings. Meanwhile, contact your Senator and Representative And voice your deep concern. Go to the Legislature web site, , home page, top right corner to find you’re Legislators.

There are no hearings scheduled as of Friday, Jan. 24. Hearings are always on weekdays, during business hours, often delayed, always hours long, and parking is hard to find. Only 48 hrs notice is required. Please start planning now. Tell your employer you’ll need time off. Alert your baby-sitter. Scout for driving directions and parking around the Leg. Start thinking about your testimony.

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Dr. Max Cooper

Firearms; Ammunition Sales or Distribution

Makes it unlawful to sell or distribute ammunition unless the purchaser provides proof that there is a firearm registered to the person with which the ammunition may be used.
Firearms; Permits; Registration; Storage; Education and Training
Requires annual renewals of firearm registrations. Establishes a firearm registration fee for deposit into a new special fund to pay for mandatory firearm education and training to be attended by firearm owners at least once every two years. Requires any member of a household where a firearm is stored, when applying for a firearm permit to possess a firearm owned by another, to undergo the same evaluation of fitness to acquire a firearm as applicants for a firearm owner permit. Requires firearm owners who have a household member affected by substance abuse or mental disorder to provide annual proof to the police that the household member does not have access to the firearm.
Firearms; Assault Weapons; Machine Guns; Ban
Prohibits the distribution, transport, importation into the State, keeping for sale, or offering or exposing for sale assault weapons, or giving to another person assault weapon. Defines assault weapon. Prohibits the possession, sale, transfer, or use of a machine gun in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of certain crimes. Defines machine gun. Makes use of an assault weapon or machine gun in the course of committing murder in the first degree or second degree, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual assault, assault in the first or second degree, robbery, burglary, or theft subject to criteria for extended term of imprisonment.
IHARA (Introduced by request of another party)
Mental Health; Firearms; Dangerous or Deadly Weapons
Prohibits any person who is a danger to self or danger to others from possessing, having custody or control of, receiving, purchasing, or attempting to receive or purchase firearms or other dangerous or deadly weapons. Creates a reporting system for persons who seriously threaten a readily identifiable person or persons to a mental health professional. Requires the department of public safety to create a database and list of persons prohibited from possessing, having custody or control of, receiving, purchasing, or attempting to receive or purchase firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons, which will be accessible to law enforcement, mental health professionals, and sellers of firearms. Requires the department of public safety to make a list of persons whose license for firearms or other dangerous or deadly weapons has been revoked. Excepts any communication under the Act from applicable privileges.
GREEN, Chun Oakland, Nishihara, Ruderman, Shimabukuro