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WE’RE NOT DONE YET!!! Over a thousand messages were sent to legislators asking them to oppose the anti-gun bills moving in the legislature. We need to continue the push and let them know WE VOTE and we are asking them to OPPOSE these bills because they are flawed and unconstitutional. Attached is a link to the NRA alert, where you can click on the TAKE ACTION button and letters will be sent on your behalf to your legislators. You can email all representatives with firstname.lastname@example.org and all senators at email@example.com. You should ALSO email AND call your district legislator and let them hear your concerns. We can do this, but WE MUST STAND TOGETHER!!!
Link to the NRA alert:
HB 625 – Misdemeanor harassment disqualifies a person from owning, possessing, or controlling a gun
HB 2629 and SB 2954 – Rap Back
HB 2632 – Emergency Hospitalization results in immediate removal of all firearms
SB 2647 – Ban on ivory sale, purchase, barter and possession
HARVEY GERWIG, LEGISLATIVE LIAISON and PRESIDENT, HRA
EMAIL: HGHAWAII@GMAIL.COM, PHONE: (808) 306-7194
, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will be voting on four bad gun bills. NO testimony will be accepted. Your action is needed. Please click on the link to the NRA message:
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.”
The Senate Public Safety Committee, Chairman Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, will hear 3 gun bills .