HRA Legislative Alert Gun Bill Hearing

House Bill 2246, HD1, has passed all but one committee and will pass this Legislature and be enacted.  It is scheduled for its final hearing for decision before the Senate Judiciary and Ways and Means CommitteeTuesday, April 1, 2014.  HRA SUPPORTS THE BILL, WITH AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT.  PLEASE CONSIDER SENDING TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT.  The hearing is decision only, with no oral testimony, so you do not need to attend in person.

Existing statute disallows persons with serious mental illness from possession of firearms and ammunition.  Persons found by a court of law to require commitment to a mental institution because they are a danger to themselves or others lose their 2nd Amendment rights.  This bill has two parts.  The first section of the bill requires the Hawaii’s Attorney General to report such court commitments to the federal Instant Background Check System (NICS) and to the county police, while safeguarding privacy, for the purpose of background checks for firearms possession.  Compliance brings millions of federal dollars to the states to augment the background check system, but Hawaii does not currently participate.  To qualify for the funds the State must also establish a means for relief from the disability created by the court commitment.  The second part of the bill provides for a court ordered restoration of 2nd Amendment rights if the prohibited individual can show they are “no longer adversely affected.”  HRA, on advice from NRA, believes that the required level of proof required by the bill language, “clear and convincing evidence,” is impossibly strict, and should be amended to “by the preponderance of the evidence.”

Go to  and click on “submit testimony.”  If you concure with HRA’s position all you need indicate in the “comments” box is that you “support the bill with the amendment proposed by HRA.”

Urgent! HRA Alert: 3 gun bills Tuesday

The Senate Public Safety Committee, Chairman Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, will hear 3 gun bills Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Please go to, sign in, and click on the orange “submit testimony” button to send testimony on all three bills.

Deadline to submit testimony, 1:20pm Monday March 14.

HB625  Includes misdemeanor stalking among the offenses that disqualify a person from owning, possessing, or controlling any firearm or ammunition. 4th degree stalking can be as little as sending unwanted texts or e-mails, and conviction means permanent loss of gun rights, restorable only by Governor’s pardon.  OPPOSE.  Support if 4th degree stalking removed.

HB626 Petty misdemeanor for drinking alcohol outside your home while possessing a firearm.  Former Mayor Carlisle’s “Deedy” bill.  Targets police, as no one else can lawfully carry.  OPPOSE.  Off duty police carrying is a public safety benefit.  The courts may eventually force Hawaii police chiefs to issue carry permits to civilians.  Needs an amendment specifying .08 alcohol level.

HB2629 Requires the county police to enroll all gun permit applicants and those registering firearms in “Rap Back,” a FBI data base of individuals arrested anywhere in the US, including on misdemeanor and even some civil charges.  A fee of approximately $50 will be charged.  The system is used now to screen job applicants for sensitive jobs, like foster parents, etc.  No state currently uses it for firearms acquisitions.  HRA OPPOSES.  It creates a permanent federal list of firearms owners and charges a fee for exercising a civil right.




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