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HRA Alert: Gun Bill Hearing Tuesday, February 4, 2012

Gun Bill Hearing Tuesday, February 4, 2012, 3:45 pm, Rm 224, State Capitol

The Senate will hear 3 gun bills Tuesday.  To learn more, go to the hearing notice at:

Halfway down the list of bills to be heard are Senate Bill 2938, SB2050, and SB2257.  Click on those numbers for a copy of the bill and on “Status” for the bill history.  At the end of the hearing notice is an invitation to “click here to submit testimony.”  You’ll need to sign in to get into the system if you have not before, then insert the bill number and follow the program to send testimony.  You can start a file in your word processor and download it into the program, or, in a few sentences, type your testimony in the “additional comments” box.  After you submit testimony on one bill, you can stay logged in and click on “Submit More Testimony.”

SB2938 requires the counties to set up online registration of firearms.  The Public Safety Committee Chair, Sen. Will Espero, introduced this one for us, so there is a good chance his Committee will pass it.

SB2050 privides that if you own and have registered firearms in Hawaii previously, you are excused from the waiting period for subsequent permits.  Sen. Les Ihara, Senate Majority Policy Leader, introduced this one.

SB2257 Prohibits making or selling digitally manufactured firearms unless licenced by ATF, and prohibits carrying one or the parts thereof.  The National Firearms Act (NFA) permits making guns for personal use if they are registered with ATF.  HRA suggests that amendment to the bill, subject to the usual HRS 134 restrictions.


Koko Head Shooting Complex, Partial Opening

Koko Head Shooting Complex action bays, skeet, and trap will be open this weekend(1/25/14), per Rangemaster Mike Muramoto.  The Rifle Range may or may not be open, with restrictions as to distance and firing positions, pending completion of the work there.

Max Cooper

Positive Hawaii TV Report on Shooting Sports

The Star Advertiser ran an online “SMALL TALK” video from reporter Diane Ako (aka Deadline Di) and videojournalist Tracy Arakaki (aka Triggerfinger Tracy), December 31, 2013, featuring range action at Koko Head and interviews of colorful cowpersons from the Single Action Shootists of Hawaii (SASH), Oahu’s Cowboy Action shooting club.

Our great supporter at the Hawaii State Legislature, Representative Ken Ito, featured in the video, recommends:

Here is the url for the video.  Please have the members respond and send positive comments so that Diane Ako can cover this more.

Ken Ito

There is a response form at the bottom of the page the URL leads you to.  Please respond!


Max Cooper,

HRA Legislative Liaison

Koko Head Complex Still Closed

The entire Koko Head Shooting Complex remains closed for remediation work.  Not withstanding a KITV News report, the opening is planned Wednesday for noon, Jan 29, 2014, per Rangemaster Mike Muramoto.

The work is progressing nicely.  As of 1:30 pm this afternoon, it appears that the Rifle Range eyebrow is framed and 1/3 roofed, the large sandpiles have been distributed from the 50 yard target line to the backstop, and there are large piles of clean dirt at the 100 yard target line ready to resurface the backstop.

Mahalo to Mayor Caldwell, Parks Director Toni Robinson, Rangemaster Mike Muramoto, and all the County employees who are working so expeditiously to re-open the ranges.

Max Cooper

Koko Head Complex Closed

Sign on the Rifle Range as of yesterday, confirmed by R.O.’s on site today:

Koko Head Complex is closed completely Jan 13-29 for remediation work.  Mahalo for your patience.

Presumably the work on the backstop and the eyebrows begins.

Max Cooper

Senator Sam Slom Fundraiser

State Sen. Sam Slom, the Lone Ranger, or Last Man Standing, is the national 2nd Amendment Foundation Secretary and the staunchest supporter of gun rights in the Senate.

BBQ with Sam Slom. Hear his plans for the 2014 legislative session and mingle with guns rights supporters.  Come show him some aloha, or send him a check marked “Thanks for your support of my gun rights.”

Great barbeque and the trimmings.

January 11, Saturday at 5:30 PM Suggested donation $25  243 Ainahou Street, Hawaii Kai RSVP, contact or please send check to: Friends for Sam Slom, 6600 Kalanianaole Highway suite 212, Honolulu, HI 96825

Max Cooper
Legislative Liaison, HRA

Update, Koko Head Rifle Range Closure

Safety improvements to Koko Head Rifle Range, required before the planned re-opening, have begun.

Reports of bullet strikes in October on the other side of Koko Head Crater first led to limiting the Rifle Range to 100 yards, and most steel targets beyond were taken down. Ricochets from recumbent steel were thought to be the possible cause.

After two more bullet strikes were reported Friday, December 6, the Rifle Range was closed. Honolulu Mayor Caldwell held a press conference on the range Saturday December 7 to announce City and County plans. Now the focus is on possible ricochets from the 100 yard rifle range. A mitigation program to resurface the 100 yard backstop with sand and level the range floor that slopes uphill from the 50 yard target line to the 100 yard backstop is planned. Some grading, a strip about 10 yards wide, in front of the 100 yard significantly eroded backstop has been done (see photo below). Two large sand piles are on site, and coarse crushed rock was added to the road access to the Silhouette Range to allow heavy equipment to enter. An “eyebrow” is planned extending from the roof of the rifle range as a reminder. Building of that had not yet begun as of Wednesday, December 19.

The Silhouette Range has voluntarily shut down for now. The Skeet Range was not open last weekend. The Bulls-Eye pistol range remains open, usual hours. Law enforcement personnel are still shooting in the action bays. Apparently air testing done for lead during the soil disturbance by grading was not positive, or the whole range would be closed.

The range cleanup day, previously scheduled for December 29, is postponed because of lead concerns until 2014.

HRA is working with the favorable administration we now have. The immediate focus is on re-opening the 100 yard range to the public as soon as the Range Master, Parks Director, and the Mayor believe it is safe. Then HRA plans to work with them, the clubs and individual shooters involved, the public users, and City Council, to bring Koko Head into the 21st Century of range design, including placement of some 200+ yard targets.

HRA suggests for now that range supporters send Mayor Caldwell and Parks Director Toni Robinson Holiday Cards thanking them for their concern and positive action to date.

530 S. King Street, Rm. 300
Honolulu, HI 96813

Toni P. Robinson, Director
1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 309
Kapolei, HI 96707

Dr. Maxwell Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison