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The Senate hears two bills Thursday afternoon, 2/12/15.
The worst bill of the decade, SB 783, is heard in a Joint Hearing of the Senate Committees on Transportation and Public Safety starting at 2:45pm.
Senator Maile Shimabukuro (Southwest Oahu) has introduced this terribly restrictive anti-Second Amendment bill. Please submit testimony and come to the hearing and deliver it if you can. See the hearing notice for bill language, history, and to send testimony at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/HEARING_TRA-PSM_02-12-15_.HTM.
SB 783 requires that when you apply for a firearms permit you must swear in writing that neither you or any of your family or household has now or in the past "certain mental disorders."
If you don't swear so, you must lock up and secure or turn in all firearms and ammunition within 48 hours or pay a fine of $50 per day.
SB 783 requires that failure to pay child or spousal support is cause for revocation of a firearm permit (which means also turning in all firearms and ammunition that you already have).
If you are ever arrested and refuse a breath, blood, or urine test, you must turn in or dispose of all your firearms within 48hrs.
Law enforcement officers are exempted from all provisions.
HRA STRONGLY OPPOSES. There are already sufficient laws in Hawaii on safe storage of firearms, mental health background checks, and ways to go after "dead-beat dads," and drunk drivers without such severe infringements on individual civil rights.
SB674. Ban on Ivory sales in Hawaii
The Senate Energy and Environment and Commerce and Consumer Protection Committees have scheduled a joint hearing on SB 674, a ban on Ivory sales in Hawaii (Same as HB837 heard in the House today and passed with amendments). Please submit testimony. If you sent in on HB837, you may update it and send it again to this hearing. Come to the hearing and deliver it if you can, please. Take your pick, both hearings start at 2:45pm. See the hearing notice at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/HEARING_ENE-CPN_02-12-15_.HTM.
HRA OPPOSES. Elephant populations in sub-equatorial Africa in areas with good habitat development and game management policies are healthy and increasing in numbers according to the World Wildlife Fund web site, 2015.
In impoverished African areas with no political stability, elephant populations are threatened with extinction. This bill will not alter poaching in those areas. Bans are price supports for illegal activity there. Confiscated ivory and ivory harvested to protect subsistence farming and habitat degradation should be, and is marketed, to fund habitat improvement and anti-poaching enforcement.
This bill makes criminals of anyone with antique gun grips or sight beads, musical instruments, scrimshaw, hatpins, or jewelry bearing small amounts of ivory from any source harvested long ago and offered for sale or transfer, other than by inheritance. Appraisal as an antique, produced before 1989, or lawfully harvested, should be exemptions or represent an affirmative defense.
Dr. Maxwell Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison
Three important bills are up for a hearing in the Hawaii House Water & Land Committee, Monday Feb 9, 2015. Please send testimony, and come and deliver it in person if you can for this first hearing in the House, on firearms and hunting issues.
Go to the Hawaii State Legislature web site Hearing Notice: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/HEARING_WAL_02-09-15_.HTM
See HB 1041, HB 837, and HB 50 on the notice. Click on Status & Testimony for each bill number for the bill history, description, and full text. Click on Sign In /Register. Go back and click Submit Testimony, and follow the prompts. You can attach your testimony as a file, or type it in the "comments" box. Please submit separate testimony for each of the 3 bills. FOR YOUR TESTIMONY TO COUNT, PLEASE SEND BY 10 AM, SUNDAY, FEB. 8. HB50 is the House Version of the Range Protection Bill you may have testified on last Tuesday in the Senate. You can send your same testimony, updated for this hearing.
HB 1041 Creates a Hunting Commission
HRA SUPPORTS. Hunting, a human heritage as old as our species has no official voice in our state. The Governor appoints and nominates members to more than 170 other boards and commissions. An effective Hunting Commission is needed.
HB 837 Ivory ban
HRA OPPOSES. Elephant populations in sub-equatorial Africa in areas with good habitat development and game management policies are healthy and increasing in numbers according to the World Wildlife Fund web site, 2015. Sales of confiscated poached ivory and ivory harvested for damage control funds anti-poaching enforcement and habitat preservation in impoverished African areas where elephant populations are threatened with extinction. Banning anything is just price support, increasing demand. This bill proposes to make criminals of anyone with antique gun grips or sight beads, musical instruments, scrimshaw, hatpins, or jewelry bearing small amounts of ivory from any source harvested long ago and offered for sale or transfer other than by inheritance. Appraisal as an antique, produced before 1989, or lawfully harvested should be exemptions. Museums should be exempted.
HB 50 Shooting Range Protection
HRA SUPPORTS. Nuisance lawsuits brought against lawful previously established shooting ranges, public and private, are often threatened by disgruntled neighbors and government agencies. This bill helps protects vital places to shoot. Mahalo to Representative Ito for introducing it.
"Legislation is like the lottery. You can't ever win if you don't buy a ticket!"
Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison