Reminder, this weekend:
Great Guns Gun Show 2014
KOKO HEAD RANGE Honolulu City Council Budget Committee heard City and County 2014-2015 budget proposals March 13, 2014. Outgoing Parks and Recreation Director Toni Robinson reported a Capitol Improvements budget item for $250,000 for planning and design for additional safety improvements to Koko Head Regional Park and an NRA Range Consultant visit accomplished in February, 2014. Chair Ann Kobayashi and Councilmembers Joey Manahan, Ron Menor, and Stanley Chang made favorable comments. The appropriation should move to Honolulu Mayor Caldwell for his approval.
SB2938 requiring online registration of firearms by the Attorney General passed the first two House committees, amended to create a working group to study the feasibility and report back to the legislature next year. The bill will move on to hearings in House Judiciary and Ways and Means. HRA support.
HB1902 Was no net loss of hunting areas, now a working group to study the loss of hunting area because of planned fencing and mammal irradication of pigs in prime watershed and hunting areas of the Big Island. Heard in WAL Committee, expected to move on to Ways and Means. HRA support.
HB2246 Requires the Attorney General to report court ordered commitments for mental health to the federal NICS system and provides a mechanism for court-ordered relief from disability to possess firearms after a commitment. Passing Senate HTH and Public Safety Committees, moves on to Judiciary and Ways and Means. HRA support with an amendment.
Honolulu City and County Council holds hearings on the City Budget this week. On the Agenda for , is the City's Parks and Recreation Department Budget. There is an item for planning, design, and construction of capital improvement projects for Koko Head District Park, including further safety improvements to the ranges, starting in 2014 and continuing through 2018, with over $1 million asked.
Please go to: http://www1.honolulu.gov/council/emailbud.htm to submit testimony. Address your testimony to the Budget committee:
Honorable Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair Stanley Chang, and Members Carol Fukunafa, Joey Manahan, and Kimberly Marcos Pine.
You can include this suggested language:
Please accept my written testimony for the hearing agenda item for , the City's Parks and Recreation Department Budget, in support of the budget Proj. No. 1976022, Koko Head District Park Capitol Improvements, Project No. 1976022. Koko Head Shooting Complex needs more safety improvements to bring it into the modern era of range design and so ensure its continued operation.
Also, it would be useful to e-mail the Committee Members a copy of your testimony (cut and paste their e-mail addresses below)
To find your own Councilmember and add a cc to him or her, too, go to:
The House Committee on Public Safety will hear SB2938, SD2, requiring the Attorney General to establish online registration of firearms for the State. The Senate passed it. To learn more, go to the hearing notice at:
From there you can get the history of the bill, a copy of the current language, previous testimony, and access the automated system to submit testimony. If you have experienced the long lines at the County PD Firearms Divisions and want to avoid that situation the next time your government announces more gun control, please do something to help.
Please submit your testimony before . Attend the hearing and deliver your testimony in person, if possible. HRA would eventually like to repeal registration altogether. This bill is a good start.
HRA Legislative Liaison