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."
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: