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MEMBERS!!!!!!!!! THANK TO ALL OF YOU WHO PUT IN COUNTLESS EMAILS, LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS TO THE ELECTED OFFICIALS!!!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!!!
We must not let up, we must continue the push!!!! Gun owners on Kauai, We will be holding more meetings in the upcoming months very shortly. We need to organize now and apply pressure to our elected officials to introduce pro-gun legislation. Take the time to meet with them and educate them on firearms! Don’t stop the pressure, tomorrow is yet another day!!!!
Once again MAHALO!!!!! TO ALL OF YOU. THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!!
For those who say “They won’t listen to me, I don’t want to put my name on anything” YOU’RE WELCOME!!!! You get to keep your rights, for now anyways. This is proof that your word does matter!!!!
Brycen S. Campos
Member/Manager – Hawaii Tactical Training Academy LLC
Regional VP and Director of Kauai – Hawaii Rifle Association
Tune-in Details: “America’s Gun: The Rise of the AR-15” on CNBC Thursday, April 25th 10pm ET/PT
With approximately 4 million in circulation, the AR-15 is one of the most popular and misunderstood rifles in America. The documentary offers a window into the larger debate and the incendiary issues that surround it. Appealing to gun lovers and gun haters, it centers on the friction between those who abhor a rifle they believe belongs only on a battlefield, and those Americans who insist owning one is their inalienable right. Below are a few clips that showcase the life around the AR-15:
Police One is a respected independent organization of law enforcement professionals, active and retired. Most are police officers or sergeants. Here’s their take on the current federal legislation:
In a poll conducted by PoliceOne, a majority of law enforcement personnel said universal background checks, “assault weapons” bans, and “high capacity” magazine bans do not make police safer and will not lower violent crime. Armed citizens, on the other hand, do make a positive difference.
In the poll of 15,000 law enforcement professionals, 71% of respondents said an “assault weapons” ban would have zero impact on violent crime. Of those surveyed, 95.7% said the same of a “high capacity” magazine ban, and 79.7% said the same in response to a question on universal background checks.
Over 90% of these law enforcement professionals said “mandatory sentences with no plea bargains” for those who use a gun in perpetrating a crime would reduce violent crime.
When asked if they supported concealed carry laws for citizens without a felony in their past, 91.3% of respondents answered “yes” on “without question and without further restrictions.”
Additionally, 80% of these law enforcement professionals also agreed that casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary would “have likely been reduced” if “legally-armed citizens” had been in the school. Go to http://ddq74coujkv1i.cloudfront.net/p1_gunsurveysummary_2013.pdf for the whole poll and results.
SB69, HD1 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance Committee this Thursday, March 28, 3:15pm, Rm 308, at the State Capitol. The present bill language affects persons bringing firearms into the state. Current statute already requires that all such firearms be registered within 3 days. The county police departments are already doing NICS checks (National Instant Check System) by phone to BATFE. They are also submitting fingerprints to the FBI, and charging new registrants the floating FBI fee for examining fingerprints, currently $16.50. This bill authorizes (requires) them to do so, provides an as yet unspecified amount of general funds to the counties for that purpose, and extends the window for registration from 3 to 5 days. If enacted, by the time this bill takes effect July 1, 2013, it is expected that the long registration lines at HPD and the other county PD’s will be back to the usual.
HRA supports the present draft, will insist that no unfriendly amendments be inserted into this last gun bill left this year, and ask the Finance committee, since this puts an additional burden on the county registration systems, to earmark appropriations for increasing firearms desk employees, locations, and hours. The number of firearms registered in Hawaii annually has increased by 370% over the last 13 years, with virtually no increase in system capacity.
HRA supports background checks because criminals try to register firearms.
The Hawaii State Attorney General’s annual report on firearms, released last week, shows that for 2012, 227 permits (1%) were denied for cause state-wide. Over 1/2 (127) of the denials were because applicants had prior criminal convictions and another 25 were due to pending criminal charges. The denial descriptions are listed on page 10 of the complete report, http://ag.hawaii.gov/cpja/files/2013/03/Firearm-Registrations-2012.pdf
People with significant criminal records were denied. Although it is a class C felony to lie on the signed affidavit about criminal or mental health background,157 of the denied applicants did so, yet few arrests are made.
Of the 50,394 firearms registered last year, nearly half, 23,548 (47%), not counting licensed dealer imports, were brought in from out of state.
Please go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=69&year=2013 for the actual current bill language and to e-mail testimony by 3:15pm Wed., March 28 (tomorrow).
Dr. Max Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison
The U.S. Senate took a role call vote on an amendment to the federal budget (S.Amdt. 139 to S.Con.Res. 8) to uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The amendment passed, 53 Yea to 46 Nay. Not surprisingly, Hawaii’s senior Senator, Brian Schatz, and Sen. Maizie Hirono voted Nay, supporting the Treaty.
It’s very nice when they give us a distinguishing vote like that.
Schatz first revealed himself to HRA years ago when he stepped out of his Hawaii State Representative (1998-2006) role to offer personal testimony against an appropriations bill for development of the public range in Kailua-Kona. He styled himself then as an “environmentalist hunter,” and still represents himself today as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. HRA has never supported him since. This latest vote just confirms what we already knew about him and Maizie Hirono. He served as Hawaii State Campaign Chair for Pres. Obama’s re-election, so it’s not a surprise that he supports the President’s desire to advance gun control for the U.S. through a UN Arms Treaty.
He’ll have an interesting challenge for re-election, November 4, 2014. Ed Case, State Sen. Will Espero, Colleen Hanabusa, Ester Kia’aina (Deputy Director DLNR), are potential Dem. opponents with Charles Djou and Lingle on the Republican ticket.
Mahalo to HRA member Vernon Okamura for first calling this to attention.