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Bill hearings for week of 2/4/19 – 2/8/19

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.

Hearing schedule:

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.

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Reinstate the University of Nevada Reno Rifle Team

Sign the petition today to save the University of Nevada Reno Rifle Team here.

On December 15, 2018, the University of Nevada Reno’s rifle team received some devastating news, after the 2018-2019 season, the program would be discontinued. The entire team was stunned and heartbroken by this unexpected announcement  — made during the middle of final exams — as there was no prior indication that terminating the program was even being considered.

The University claims that the reason the team is being discontinued is to align with the Mountain West Conference in order to secure sponsorship for its other sports. The sport to replace rifle at our school is Mens Cross Country, the school claims that this is 1)because cross country cost less than rifle, 2) it will be a dedicated mens team, 3) it is part of the MWC.

Rifle is not part of the MWC, it is part of the Patriot Rifle Conference and it is predominantly co-ed, other schools offer women only. There are only 23 division 1 NCAA rifle teams in the country, six of which are service academies. The University of Nevada Reno is one of two schools that offers a Division 1 rifle team that is west of the Rocky Mountains, the other school being the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The next closest D1 programs to the west are the University of Texas El Paso and Texas Christian University however these programs are women only.

As a rebuttal to the schools arguments against the program, there is documentation that the team is entirely self funded with the exception of travel cost. The total budget for the team is still less than any other sport at the University. Enough money was raised through fundraisers to build a new shooting facility. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddBvOppOZBI

The disbanding of the team will hurt all of the current athletes as they will be forced to make a decision to either continue shooting at another school or to continue attending UNR but without the opportunity to get substantial athletic scholarships- the driving force for many of them to shoot during college.

Discontinuing the program will have massive ramifications for all youth shooting programs in the U.S. especially in Hawaii as UNR’s rifle program is the only option to compete in the sport during college while being able to attend a major university in relative close proximity to the state. There are typically 10-15 students from Hawaii who apply for a spot on the UNR team roster every year. The lack of incentive to compete in the shooting sports (being able to shoot competitively and possibly earn a college scholarship) Hawaii could see a decline in the amount of youth who are interested in shooting.

Read more about the disbanding of the team here:

https://nevadawolfpack.com/news/2018/12/15/general-nevada-to-add-mens-cross-country-discontinue-rifle-program.aspx?path=generalh

https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Wolf_Pack_Rifle_facility_donations-503169201.html