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HRA Legislative Report, Gun Show Reminder


Reminder, this weekend:

Great Guns Gun Show 2014
Presented by
Hawaii Historic Arms Association
74th Semi-Annual Show
Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall

 March 22nd,10am – 6pm; March 23rd,10am – 5pm
A 250 Table Gun Show
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KOKO HEAD RANGE  Honolulu City Council Budget Committee heard City and County 2014-2015 budget proposals March 13, 2014.  Outgoing Parks and Recreation Director Toni Robinson reported a Capitol Improvements budget item for $250,000 for planning and design for additional safety improvements to Koko Head Regional Park and an NRA Range Consultant visit accomplished in February, 2014.  Chair Ann Kobayashi and Councilmembers Joey Manahan, Ron Menor, and Stanley Chang made favorable comments.  The appropriation should move to Honolulu Mayor Caldwell for his approval.

SB2938  requiring online registration of firearms by the Attorney General passed the first two House committees, amended to create a working group to study the feasibility and report back to the legislature next year.  The bill will move on to hearings in House Judiciary and Ways and Means.  HRA support.

HB1902  Was no net loss of hunting areas, now a working group to study the loss of hunting area because of planned fencing and mammal irradication of pigs in prime watershed and hunting areas of the Big Island.  Heard in WAL Committee, expected to move on to Ways and Means.  HRA support. 

HB2246  Requires the Attorney General to report court ordered commitments for mental health to the federal NICS system and provides a mechanism for court-ordered relief from disability to possess firearms after a commitment.  Passing Senate HTH and Public Safety Committees, moves on to Judiciary and Ways and Means.  HRA support with an amendment.



HRA Alert, Oahu Supporters of Koko Head Shooting Complex

Honolulu City and County Council holds hearings on the City Budget this week.  On the Agenda for Thursday, March 13, is the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Budget.  There is an item for planning, design, and construction of capital improvement projects for Koko Head District Park, including further safety improvements to the ranges, starting in 2014 and continuing through 2018, with over $1 million asked. 

Please go to: to submit testimony.  Address your testimony to the Budget committee:

Honorable Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair Stanley Chang, and Members Carol Fukunafa, Joey Manahan, and Kimberly Marcos Pine. 

You can include this suggested language:

Please accept my written testimony for the hearing agenda item for Thursday, March 13, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Budget, in support of the budget Proj. No. 1976022, Koko Head District Park Capitol Improvements, Project No. 1976022.   Koko Head Shooting Complex needs more safety improvements to bring it into the modern era of range design and so ensure its continued operation.

Also, it would be useful to e-mail the Committee Members a copy of your testimony (cut and paste their e-mail addresses below),,,,

To find your own Councilmember and add a cc to him or her, too, go to:


Gun Bill Hearing Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:00 am, Rm 309, State Capitol

The House Committee on Public Safety will hear SB2938, SD2, requiring the Attorney General to establish online registration of firearms for the State.  The Senate passed it.  To learn more, go to the hearing notice at:

From there you can get the history of the bill, a copy of the current language, previous testimony, and access the automated system to submit testimony.  If you have experienced the long lines at the County PD Firearms Divisions and want to avoid that situation the next time your government announces more gun control, please do something to help.

Please submit your testimony before 10:00 am, Wednesday March 12.  Attend the hearing and deliver your testimony in person, if possible.  HRA would eventually like to repeal registration altogether.  This bill is a good start.


Max Cooper,

HRA Legislative Liaison

HRA Legislative Report March, 2014 by Max Cooper, HRA Legislative Liaison

The Hawaii State Legislature is at half-time. Bills not passed by the originating body are dead. The rest “cross” to the opposite body and are again referred to committees for hearings.

Your HRA has tracked over 34 bills of interest and submitted testimony to 23 committee hearings.

Bills for apprentice hunting, prohibition of digitally manufactured firearms, law enforcement officers carrying firearms while drinking, firearms registration amnesty, shall issue, and accepting military training for handgun permits are all dead and not likely to be resurrected.

Your HRA supports a number of good bills that remain alive. Please send testimony when you receive alerts on hearings. Attend in person when you can.

These firearms bills are alive:

Bill number Description and HRA position
SB2021 SD1 Snatching a policeman’s gun becomes a Class C felony. SUPPORT
HB2246 HD1 Provides a mechanism for court relief from mental health disability resulting from involuntary commitment and requires AG to keep records of involuntary commitments and report to NICS and county PD’s for permitting purposes. Privacy safeguards. SUPPORT with amendments.
SB2270 SD2 Allows neighbors to sue directly over zoning issues. Originally opposed because nuisance suits over firing ranges would be enabled, but Sen Hee’s JDL committee amended it to apply to vacation rentals only, so HRA has no opinion. WATCH
SB2420 SD1 Allows criminal background checks on state & co. employees in sensitive areas, including handling guns. SUPPORT
SB2938 SD2 Online firearms registration system to be established. Sen Espero’s Public Safety Committee amended this bill to require a system set up and managed by HI Attorney General. Passed Ways And Means Committee unanimously over PD’s objections. No AG testimony yet. STRONG SUPPORT
HB849 HD2 Re-do of the Governor’s emergency powers. Carryover bill from 2013. WATCH to make sure seizure of private firearms remains unlawful.
HB1975 HD1 Background checks on govt. employees handling firearms. SUPPORT. Same as SB2420.
HB1499 HD1 House JUD Chair Rhoads proposes a constitutional amendment that expending money to elect a public official is not protected by the 1st Amendment. Amended to eliminate “lobbying” as not protected. WATCH for language limiting grass roots lobbying.

These hunting bills are alive:

Bill number Description and HRA position
HB1902 HD2 Prohibits loss of public hunting area. Evans. FIN Chair Sylvia Luke recommended passage with amendments. Creates a hunters’ Advisory Commission to DLNR. DLNR shall make “reasonable efforts to prevent the loss….” Governor appoints 3 members. STRONG SUPPORT
HB1907 HD1 Disabled Veterans can get lifetime free hunting license, Evans, SUPPORT
SB3065 SD1 Exchange 9000 acres for recreational activity including hunting in Oahu central valley. Introduced by Sens. Dela Cruz, Chun Oakland, and 16 others. SUPPORT
SB3090 SD1 $3million for Hunter Ed and range development. Introduced by Sen. Kahele, and Solomon. SUPPORT

HRA Alert: Gun Bill Hearing Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gun Bill Hearing Tuesday, February25, 2014, 9:25am, Rm 211, State Capitol

The Senate Ways and Means Committe (WAM) will hear SB2938, SD1, requiring the Attorney General to establish online registration of firearms for the State.  The bill dies if WAM does not pass it.  To learn more, go to the hearing notice at:

From there you can get the history of the bill, a copy of the current language, previous testimony, and access the automated system to submit testimony.

Please submit your testimony before 9:45 Monday, Feb 24.  Attend the hearing and deliver your testimony in person, if possible.


Max Cooper,

HRA Legislative Liaison

HRA Alert, Support at the Capitol for Hunting and Shooting

HB2629 HD1 passed the House Water and Land and Agriculture Committees 2/13 and moves on.  It was amended to add language suggested by HRA to include shooting ranges and hunting as allowed activities on Important Agricultural Lands.

Please send a big thank you to the Chairs and Committee Members and stand by to lobby the next committee, House Finance:

Aloha, Chairs and Members,

Mahalo for including shooting ranges and hunting as allowed activities on Important Agricultural Lands in HB2629.  Your support for our people’s rights and heritage is highly appreciated.

Send to:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The votes were as follows: AGR:  9 Ayes: Representative(s) Wooley, Brower, Matsumoto, Ward; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Onishi, Awana, Choy, Tokioka, Tsuji; Noes: none; and 2 Excused: Representative(s) Cachola, Ohno.  WAL:  8 Ayes: Representative(s) Evans, Lowen, Cullen, Kawakami, C. Lee, Nishimoto, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Fale; 1 Noes: Representative(s) Say; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Hanohano.

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.