Here is the list for upcoming hearings scheduled for this week. We need EVERYONE to submit testimony ASAP online at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ if you’re not able to go in person. Don’t forget to SHARE this post and get your friends and family to get involved.
2/6/19 RM 430 10:00 a.m.
HB1541 – RELATING TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Establishes the Hawaii Gun Violence Prevention Center in the AG’s office to research strategies to prevent gun violence. Creates a special fund to support the Center. Appropriates funds.
The HRA OPPOSES this bill. We feel that the state already wastes enough of our tax payer monies and that enough research has been done. 98% of firearms used to commit crimes are obtained ILLEGALLY. The obvious solution is to allow citizens to carry firearms for self protection since criminals are already carrying firearms to commit crimes.
2/7/19 RM 229 1:15 p.m.
SB1466 – RELATING TO GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS.
Establishes a process by which a law enforcement officer or family or household member may obtain a court order to prevent a person from accessing firearms and ammunition when the person poses a danger of causing bodily injury to oneself or another.
The HRA OPPOSES this bill. Red Flag laws are dangerous for both gun owning citizens and law enforcement. Due process matters.
SB621 – RELATING TO FIREARMS
Requires a person to report the person’s lost, stolen, or destroyed firearms to the appropriate county police department. Establishes penalties for failure to report.
The HRA OPPOSES this bill. While we certainly agree that firearms owners should be responsible for their guns and notify HPD if their firearms are stolen, we do not believe a legal requirement that can result in losing your constitutional right to to bear arms should be made.
SB600 – RELATING TO FIREARMS
Provides that no person less than 21 years of age shall bring any firearm into the State.
The HRA OPPOSES this bill. States with more freedoms allow individuals under the age of 21 to own firearms. These individuals are often stationed here or even travel here to hunt.
SB556 – RELATING TO FIREARMS
Adds the requirement to notify the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the gun permit application background check.
The HRA OPPOSES this bill. Terrorist watch lists and no fly lists are notorious for being extremely vague on what an individual must do to get put on these lists. From 5 and 7 year olds to sitting United States senators, people that don’t belong on these lists somehow manage to get there. Again, due process matters and an arbitrary list with an unclear process is very dangerous.
SB1321 – RELATING TO FIREARMS
Clarifies that failure to register a firearm within the required time period does not relieve the owner of the duty to register the firearm. Allows the owner of an unregistered firearm to register the firearm thereafter without penalty.
The HRA SUPPORTS this bill. While we do not support firearms registration of any form it is already established law in Hawaii and this would allow gun owners to register their firearms without criminal charges.