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HRA LEGISLATIVE ALERT November 21, 2013

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:  ccldistrict4@honolulu.gov 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.

Very respectfully,

Dr Maxwell Cooper
Legislative Liaison
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
assault pistols;

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
hands;

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

Koko Head Rifle Range is now limited to targets placed at 100 yards or closer

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.

Sacred Hearts Academy Sharp Shooter Wins National Honor

(HONOLULU) July 10, 2013—Sara Tashima, Sacred Hearts Academy Senior, participated this week in the National Rifle Association (NRA) Junior Air Gun Championship and the National Air Rifle Junior Olympics in Anniston, AL. Tashima placed 5th individually overall in the NRA competition and won second place in the standing shooting competition. She qualified for the NRA National Postal Match Team, a match in which competitors fire on their home ranges using targets which have been marked for identification. The fired targets are then sent to NRA for scoring and ranking for awards.

During the National Air Rifle Junior Olympics, Tashima was awarded the “The Excellence in Competition” badge (EIC) by accruing 30 match points in her career as an air rifle competitor. There have only been 600 EIC badges awarded since 1998 and only one other Hawaii EIC badge recipient, Sacred Hearts Academy Air Riflery Assistant Coach Vicci Yau. The Sacred Hearts Academy Air Riflery Head Coach is Guy Chun, assisted by Carlton Lum and Yau; Ryan Hogue is the Athletic Director.

For more information:
Betty White, Sacred Hearts Academy, 734-5058 x226
Hayley Matson-Mathes, 941-9088

HRA LEGISLATIVE ALERT, June 1, 2013

ATTN Oahu firearms rights supporters:

Honolulu City Council Resolution13-74 CD1, Requesting HPD to open additional firearms sections in Kapolei and Kaneohe is amended, adding a clause to direct the Administration to form an advisory group to address the issue. At the Public Safety Committee hearing, Councilmember Kymberley Marcos Pine, co-introducer, stressed the importance of including representatives from HRA in the proposed working group.

The Resolution is moving through the Council, and is scheduled for a final hearing Wednesday, 10am, June 5, 2013. Please e-mail or fax testimony in support, and attend the hearing to deliver it if you can.

Just click on the hearing notice below and follow the directions to send a line or two in support and why.

http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-138441/060513%20Council%20Agenda.htm

Mahalo,
Dr. Max Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison