Last night there was a disturbing news report on KGMB with an exclusive investigation performed by Keoki Kerr. Please see the report below:
EXCLUSIVE: HPD will destroy 2,300 old guns worth $500K: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29721656/exclusive-hpd-will-destroy-2300-old-guns-worth-500k
It is very important that you voice your concerns about the way the city is handling the situation as soon as possible. Contact Mayor Caldwell by phone: 808-768-4141 and via his "Contact the Mayor" website: https://www.honolulu.gov/mayor/contactthemayor.html
Contact Council Member Ann Kobayashi:
Contact your district council member, you can find their contact information at www.honolulu.gov/component/article.html?id=1740:ccl-view-council-members
Contact HPD: http://honolulupd.org/contact/index.php?page=contact
I will be sending this letter to the mayor to voice my concerns:
After viewing the story on KGMB about HPD wanting to destroy $500,000.00 worth of fully functional guns rather than recoup some revenue on them, we at Lessons in Firearms Education (LIFE) and the Hawaii Rifle Association (HRA) were quite dismayed. In these times of lean budgets and continual cost cutting to needed city services, to throw away a half million dollars seems senseless.
The reason your office and HPD gave for not selling to the public seemed to be a slight on those legal gun owners who would have purchased them and who supported you during your election. You should be ashamed for suggesting that the good citizens of Hawaii cannot be trusted with buying HPD’s surplus guns for fear of them falling into criminal hands when record numbers of firearms have been bought by those same citizens for the last 10 years without any such problems.
To claim that selling these guns was going to "put them on the streets" as if to infer they were destined to fall into the hands of criminals seems a bit irrational and alarmist considering the rigorous processes that are currently place for the sole purpose of preventing that type of diversion and that law abiding citizens go thorough each and every time they purchase handguns. In conformity with Hawaii law, HPD’s surplus firearms could only be sold using this process, which includes mandatory training, a background check, and a 14 day waiting period.
We at LIFE and HRA offer our assistance in finding a way to sell these fully functional guns to responsible gun owners.
We at LIFE and HRA respectfully request the decision to destroy these fully functional guns be reversed.
Bill Richter, President
Lessons in Firearms Education
Harvey Gerwig, President
Hawaii Rifle Association
The HI State Legislature 2015 Session adjourned on time May 7, with a flurry of gun bill activity over the “Deedy” bill, HB888, providing for a petty misdemeanor for recklessly possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated. Supportive State Representatives and gun rights supporters were alarmed over the amendments in the conference draft (CD1), published 10 days before the end of the session and long after any public testimony was taken. The final draft included possession in the home, prescription drug use, and deleted that the firearm must be discharged, making it just too easy for an improper charge to be brought against an innocent gun owner, with the potential for loss of gun rights if convicted.
Our friends in the House advised that 26 Representatives (a majority by 1 vote) indicated they would vote “no” on a floor vote, so the bill was unanimously re-referred. That means “sent back to committee,” so IT’S NOT OVER! The bill remains alive for 2016. F-rated House judiciary committee Chair Rhoads and his Senate counterpart, Keith-Agaran very likely will want to pass it next year. Their constituents need to contact and educate them in the interim.
The following 19 House Democrats submitted notice they would vote “no” on HB888: Aquino, Choy, Cullen, DeCoite, Har, Hashem, Ichiyama, Ito, Jordan, Kawakami, Kong, McKelvey, Onishi, Oshiro, Say, Tokioka, Tsuji, Yamane, and Yamashita.
All 7 House Republicans indicated “no” votes: Chang, Matsumoto, McDermott, Pouha, C. Thielen, Tupola, and Ward.
PLEASE THANK THEM ALL now and remember them in the 2016 elections. All Hawaii Representatives and half of the Senate are up for re-election next year.
Mahalo to the hundreds of pro-gun supporters who spread the word and contacted their individual Legislators, asking them to kill the bill. Many thanks especially for the alerts by state Clubs and Associations individual members, pro-2nd Amendment news sources, NRA/ILA Rep. for HI (Dan Reid), and HRA Regional VP for Maui, Mark Genovese, (who got the word out to Maui supporters to make House Speaker Joe Souki of Wailuku aware of the problems with the bill).
Dr. Maxwell Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison
HB888, creating a petty misdemeanor for recklessly possessing a loaded firearm when intoxicated, including in your own home, is passing.
If you come home from a party after drinking, or you are on narcotics recovering from surgery, and go to bed with your loaded self defense gun in a bedside drawer or lockbox, you could be charged. If you are having a beer and cleaning your gun in your carport after a range session and then reloading it because it's your self defense gun, anyone who saw you could initiate a police investigation.
An anti-gun Prosecutor or Judge could consider the charge a "violent" misdemeanor and if convicted, you would lose all your guns and your gun rights.
F-rated House Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads got the Senate to agree to his language, deleting "in public", and "discharge" from the Senate version, after 3 conference committees at which no public testimony is taken.
The bill will come up for a final vote in the House and Senate early next week. E-MAIL OR FAX YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR NOW, ASKING THEM TO VOTE "NO" ON HB888! ASK THEM TO TELL THE HOUSE SPEAKER, JOE SOUKI, AND THE SENATE PRESIDENT, DONNA KIM, TO "RE-COMMIT" THE BILL TO COMMITTEE SO PUBLIC TESTIMONY WILL BE HEARD ON THE BILL NEXT YEAR.
YOU LEGISLATORS GET HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS, SO PHONE DURING BUSINESS HOURS TO FOLLOW UP. ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR LEGISLATOR.
GO TO www.capitol.hawaii.gov AND CLICK ON "Find Your Legislator" in the upper left corner of the home page for their contact information.
Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison