The Hawaii State Legislature has adjourned for the year. Once again, no restrictive firearms bills passed.
HB849 amending the Governor’s emergency powers, passed, leaving the protection against seizure of firearms in HRS 134-7.2 intact.
HB2246 providing for reporting court commitments to the NICS system and the Hawaii AG for use in determining disability for possession of firearms passed. The process for court directed relief of such disability likewise passed with the AG’s language over HRA’s and NRA’s preferred language, but still a good bill.
HB1902, originally providing for no net loss of hunting areas, amended to require a hunting advisory committee, regrettably died in conference committee.
Mahalo to the Legislators who worked in favor of your gun rights and hunting heritage. Be ready to support them in the fall elections. A big mahalo to all who lobbied on our issues.
COME SHOOT OUR GUNS AND AMMO!!
SATURDAY, JUNE 14 10:00am - 4:00pm
SUNDAY, JUNE 15 10:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoy all of the shooting venues and firearms available at the KOKO HEAD SHOOTING COMPLEX, Just past Hanauma Bay, heading towards Sandy Beach.
Join the HRA for a day of fun and shooting - NRA Certified Instructors to assist you - Various Firearms Display tables in the Main Tent - Sign In, Safety Briefing and Script available at the Main Tent.
Air Soft, Semi-auto Machine Guns, Action Pistol, BB Guns & Pellet Guns, Archery, Tactical Shotguns, Big Game Rifles, High Power Rifles, Semi-auto Machine Guns, Trap & Skeet with Shotguns, .22 Rifles & Pistols, Metallic Silhouette, Military Small Arms(Civil War to Modern, US Forces, Foreign Forces), and Many other types of Rifles, Pistols & Shotguns will also be available for your shooting pleasure.
*Eye and Ear protection mandatory for ALL attendees*
*Eye and hearing protection will be available for purchase at the Fair*
**No alcohol allowed at any time at this event**
*Lunch Wagon onsite both days*
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 Committee. 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 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2246&year=2014 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."