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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.Thanks!Ken Ito
There is a response form at the bottom of the page the URL leads you to. Please respond!
HRA Legislative Liaison
The entire Koko Head Shooting Complex remains closed for remediation work. Not withstanding a KITV News report, the opening is planned, , per Rangemaster Mike Muramoto.
The work is progressing nicely. As ofthis 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.
Sign on the Rifle Range as of yesterday, confirmed by R.O.’s on site today:
Koko Head Complex is closed completelyfor remediation work. Mahalo for your patience.
Presumably the work on the backstop and the eyebrows begins.
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 Marian243@hawaiiantel.net or please send check to: Friends for Sam Slom, 6600 Kalanianaole Highway suite 212, Honolulu, HI 96825
Legislative Liaison, HRA
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.
KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
530 S. King Street, Rm. 300
Honolulu, HI 96813
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Toni P. Robinson, Director
1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 309
Kapolei, HI 96707
Dr. Maxwell Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison
HONOLULU CITY COUNCILMEMBER STANLEY CHANG (District 4, AlaMoana Park to Hawaii Kai) IS INTRODUCING AN ANTI-GUN RESOLUTION (see full text below) “URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT PRESIDENT BARAACK OBAMA’S “NOW IS THE TIME” PLAN TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.”
YOU CAN SEND A MESSAGE TO COUNCILMEMBER CHANG AT: firstname.lastname@example.org or:
530 South King Street, Room 202
Attention of Councilmember Chang
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 768-5004
Fax: (808) 768-1169
Also please go to http://www1.honolulu.gov/council/ccl.htm to find your Councilmember and copy him or her.
Here’s my message to him:
Honorable Councilmember Stanley Chang,
Your planned reso on gun control is wildly inaccurate and extremely offensive to gun rights supporters.
Dr Maxwell Cooper
Hawaii Rifle Association
URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S “NOW IS THE TIME” PLAN TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.
WHEREAS, violence involving firearms in the United States presents a persistent societal ill that results in approximately 100,000 victims annually, including over 30,000 deaths; and
WHEREAS, the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which resulted in the death of 20 children and 6 adults, demonstrated the need for stronger laws to prevent gun violence; and
WHEREAS, numerous factors contribute to the occurrence of mass shootings, including unregulated access to assault weapons and assault magazines, insufficient background checks, and needed improvements to our mental health system, among others; and
WHEREAS, semiautomatic assault weapons designed with military features allow for the rapid fire of potentially large numbers of bullets, and are distinguishable from standard sporting firearms by features such as the ability to accept a detachable magazine, pistol grips, and folding or telescoping stocks; and
WHEREAS, semiautomatic assault weapons are frequently used in mass shootings, including the 1993 101 California Street shooting in San Francisco that involved two TEC-9 semiautomatic handguns, and the recent Aurora, Colorado, shooting that involved an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifle with a 100-round ammunition drum; and
WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court has affirmed once and for all that Americans have a right to keep and bear arms. However, as conservative justice Antonin Scalia outlined, the District of Columbia v. Heller decision does not prohibit laws forbidding firearms in places such as schools or regulation of unusually dangerous weapons, nor does it restrict laws prohibiting felons and the mentally ill from carrying guns; and
WHEREAS, unlike most states, Hawaii requires every firearm to be registered, requires every purchaser of a firearm to obtain a license after a background check, and bans assault pistols and large capacity ammunition magazines that can be used with
WHEREAS, Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths among the states, but 485 people died in Hawaii between 1999 and 2010 from gun violence; and
WHEREAS, stronger laws would lead to a lower number of deaths resulting from gun violence; and
WHEREAS, reasonable restrictions on possession and use of firearms are continually stymied by the gun lobby despite recurring mass shootings across the country and a national consensus to reign in the rampant proliferation of guns; and
WHEREAS, on January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama released the “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence, which involves steps to protect Americans from mass shootings including:
1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous
2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common sense steps to reduce gun violence;
3. Making schools safer; and
4. Increasing access to mental health services; and
WHEREAS, President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence requires that the
United States Congress pass legislation requiring:
1. Universal background checks for gun sales;
2. The reinstatement and strengthening of the assault weapon ban;
3. Capping ammunition magazines to a ten-round limit;
4. Banning armor piercing ammunition;
5. Providing schools with resource officers and school counselors;
6. Putting more police officers on the street; and
7. Ensuring that health insurance plans cover mental health benefits;
WHEREAS, the United States Congress appears to be unable to agree on any
legislation that would address gun violence issues; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu that it urges
the United States Congress to enact legislation necessary to implement President
Barack Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be transmitted to
President Barack Obama, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the
United States House of Representatives, and members of the Hawaii delegation to the
United States Congress.
Introduced by: Stanley Chang
All shooting at targets beyond 100 yards is prohibited at the Koko Head Rifle Range. This rule went into effect Friday, November 1, 2013 in response to a report of a bullet passing through the kitchen window of a residence on Koko Kai Place, in East Hawaii Kai, Sunday morning, October 27, 2013. Subsequently examined by Koko Head Range staff, the bullet was .30 caliber and appeared scuffed. There are two other separate .30 cal bullet recovery incidents from the area. Fallen hanging metal targets propped at an angle on the slopes of Koko Head are implicated.
The report was discussed in the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting October 29, 2013. Unfavorable comments about Koko Head safety were made by Chair Greg Knudsen. The issue is added to the next Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting starting at 7pm, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in the Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria, 595 Pepekeo St, Honolulu. On the agenda will be the Koko Head Shooting Complex “safety improvements” and a discussion on the changes that have been made at the KHSC. Public attendance is encouraged.
Koko Kai Place is approximately 2,550 yards directly downrange from the Koko Head rifle range firing line, behind the Koko Head Crater rim which rises a maximum of 678 feet above the floor of the range.