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October 17, 2014

Hawaii: Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!

Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!  Please join the Hawaii Republican Assembly as they proudly present "An Evening with NRA President Jim Porter" in honor of our veterans and our Second Amendment rights.  
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September 26, 2014

Hawaii: Federal Court Ruling Overturns Certain Firearm Permit Laws

Last week, a federal judge overturned Hawaii’s current law which bars legal immigrants from applying for a firearm permit.  This ruling came after an Australian citizen, who is a permanent resident living in Honolulu, filed for relief from state laws restricting him from obtaining a firearm permit.
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May 3, 2014

Hawaii: Legislature Adjourns its 2014 Regular Session

On Thursday, May 1, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2014 regular session.  This session saw the introduction of several Second Amendment bills and of particular interest are House Bill 849, House Bill 1902 and House Bill 2246.
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March 27, 2014

Hawaii: Senate Committee Waters Down Pro-Hunting Legislation with Amendment

Last week, the Hawaii Senate Water and Land Committee passed House Bill 1902 with amendment SD1 by a 7 to 1 vote.  As introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), HB 1902 originally intended to integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  However, as amended by the Senate Water and Land Committee, it has now been stripped of its purpose and instead only creates a hunting advisory council.  Protection of hunting lands for future generations is of the utmost importance to the NRA, to sportsmen and to conservation across the Aloha State. 
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March 11, 2014

Hawaii: Update on Second Amendment Legislation

Last week, the Hawaii House of Representatives passed House Bill 1902 with amendment HD2.  As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  This legislation would require the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to preserve the aggregate amount of designated public hunting land available for use by sportsmen.  In the event that the BLNR reduces the amount of available public hunting land, they must make reasonable efforts to provide alternative land for hunting, of equal or greater amount and quality of wildlife habitat.  “No Net Loss” laws create a base-line acreage of state public land open to public hunting, guaranteeing that future generations have the same hunting opportunities that we enjoy today.
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February 19, 2014

Hawaii: House Committee to Hear Critical Legislation to Preserve Hunting Lands

This Friday, February 21, the Hawaii House Finance Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1902 with amendment HD1.  As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii. 
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February 11, 2014

Hawaii: Hearing on Legislation to Allow Military Pistol Training to Satisfy Handgun Training Requirements

Tomorrow, February 12, the House Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts is scheduled to hear House Bill 2148 at 8:30 a.m., in House conference room 312.  Introduced by state Representative Clifton K. Tsuji (D-2), HB 2148 would widen the available avenues for satisfying the handgun permit training qualifications in Hawaii.  In addition to the currently accepted training and education methods, HB 2148 would expand acceptable instruction to include military pistol training.
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February 3, 2014

Hawaii: Multiple Gun-Related Bills to be Heard in state Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 4, the Hawaii Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear three different pieces of firearms legislation
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January 27, 2014

Hawaii: Committee to Hear Multiple Pro-Hunting Bills This Week

This Wednesday, January 29, the House Committee on Water and Land is scheduled to hear several important hunting bills.  Among those bills to be heard is House Bill 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), which would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  
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January 23, 2014

Hawaii: 2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-gun and Anti-gun Legislation Introduced

Last Wednesday, the 2014 Hawaii Legislature convened in Honolulu.  As the legislative session gets going, the NRA is working hard to further and protect your Second Amendment rights.  There are several bills which were carried over from the 2013 session and a number of newly introduced bills, both pro-gun and anti-gun.  
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November 21, 2013

Hawaii: Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang Introduces Anti-Gun Resolution

Last week, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang (District 4) introduced Resolution 13-280 calling on Congress to enact federal legislation to implement President Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan.  This “plan” includes a broad spectrum of anti-gun policies including strict magazine capacity restrictions and bans on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles.
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June 20, 2013

Hawaii: Honolulu City Council Adopts Resolution To Ease Permitting and Registration Process

Resolution 13-74 CD1, introduced by council members Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine, was adopted unanimously by the Honolulu City Council on June 5. Resolution 13-74 will aid the Honolulu Police Department as well as law-abiding gun owners by paving the way for the HPD to open new locations for permitting and registration at the Kapolei and Kaneohe Police Stations.
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June 4, 2013

Hawaii: Honolulu City Council to Hear Pro-Gun Resolution Tomorrow

Resolution 13-74 CD1, introduced by council members Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine, will be heard tomorrow by the Honolulu City Council at 10:00am.  If adopted, Resolution 13-74 would aid the Honolulu Police Department as well as law-abiding gun owners, requesting HPD open new locations for permitting and registration at the Kapolei and Kaneohe Police Stations.
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May 13, 2013

Hawaii: City Council Committee to Consider Resolution Tomorrow to Ease Compliance

Tomorrow, May 14 at 9:00 am, the Honolulu City Council Committee on Public Safety and Economic Development will be hearing Resolution 13-74 requesting the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) to open the Kapolei and Kaneohe Police Stations to firearm permitting and registration in an effort to make the process less time-consuming and more convenient.  
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May 2, 2013

Hawaii: Contact the Governor TODAY and Request his Veto of Senate Bill 69

Senate Bill 69 as amended by the conference committee was given its final approval by both legislative chambers on Monday.  The state Senate voted 23-1 and the state House voted 48-3 to send this anti-gun legislation to Governor Neil Abercrombie.  This is your last chance to stop this bill!  Contact the Governor IMMEDIATELY and urge him to veto Senate Bill 69.
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April 29, 2013

Hawaii: Conference Committee Sends Bill Requiring Background Checks on Legally Possessed Firearms Back to House and Senate for Final Approval

The conference committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of Senate Bill 69 reached a decision last week, sending their recommended version back to both legislative chambers for approval.  Both chambers will vote on this bill tomorrow.  
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April 22, 2013

Hawaii: Conference Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 69 Rescheduled for Tomorrow Morning

No decision was reached last week by the conference committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of Senate Bill 69 after the Senate rejected House amendments (previously reported here).
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April 18, 2013

Hawaii: Bill to Require Background Checks on Already Owned Firearms Goes to Conference Committee

Last Thursday, House amendments to Senate Bill 69 were rejected by the state Senate, sending it to a conference committee.  This conference committee will meet to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of this bill tomorrow at 10:30am in Conference Room 312 of the State Capitol.  No public testimony will be accepted at this meeting.
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April 16, 2013

Hawaii: Senate Rejects House Amendments; SB 69 Goes to Committee Conference

Last Thursday, House amendments to Senate Bill 69 were rejected by the state Senate. SB 69, introduced by state Senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), was originally a gun “buyback” bill, but was changed in the state House into a mandatory background check bill on already acquired firearms.  
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April 10, 2013

Hawaii: Last Chance to Stop Bill Requiring Background Checks on Legally Possessed Firearms

Senate Bill 69 passed in the state House of Representatives earlier this month, and will be considered for concurrence and final passage by the state Senate tomorrow.  This is your last chance to stop this anti-gun measure!  Introduced by state senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), SB 69 was originally a gun “buyback” bill but has evolved into a mandatory background check bill on already acquired firearms.  Please contact your state Senator TODAY in opposition to SB 69.
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March 26, 2013

Hawaii: Background Check Bill Makes Final Committee Stop

Senate Bill 69 passed in the House Judiciary Committee by a 3-1 vote last week and will be considered by the House Committee on Finance this Thursday, March 28 at 3:15 PM in House Conference Room 308.  Introduced by state senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), SB 69 was originally a gun “buyback” bill, but has evolved into a mandatory background check bill on already acquired firearms. Please contact members of the House Finance Committee TODAY in opposition to SB 69.
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March 18, 2013

Hawaii: Your Help Needed to Defeat Gun Registration Bill to be Heard Tomorrow

Senate Bill 69 passed in the House Public Safety Committee last Thursday by a 6 to 1 vote, and will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee TOMORROW, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. in House Conference Room 325 at the state Capitol.  Introduced by state Senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), SB 69 was originally a gun “buyback” bill, but has evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill.
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March 12, 2013

Hawaii: Gun Registration Bill to be Heard this Thursday

Senate Bill 69 is scheduled to be heard by the House Public Safety Committee this Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. in House conference room 309 in the state Capitol.  Introduced by state Senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), SB 69 was originally a gun “buyback” bill, but has evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill. 
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March 11, 2013

Hawaii: Gun Registration Bill Passes the Senate

On March 5, Senate Bill 69 passed out of the state Senate by a 21-3 vote. Introduced by state senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), SB 69 was originally a gun buy-back bill, but has since evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill. In its current state, SB 69 will require fingerprinting and processing through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) in addition to the already existing registration requirement on ALL firearms brought into the state.  It will also allocate an unspecified amount of money to each county to process these mandated background checks during a time when budgets and Hawaii’s economy are already strained. 
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March 4, 2013

Hawaii: Burdensome Anti-Gun Bill Must be Stopped

On February 27, Senate Bill 69 passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee by a 10-2 vote with one excused Senator.  What started off as a Gun "Buyback” bill has evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill. This burdensome and unnecessary infringement on your Second Amendment rights is now headed to the Senate Floor and could be voted on TOMORROW. Your state Senator must hear from you TODAY!
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February 19, 2013

Hawaii: SB 69 Hearing Tomorrow, February 20 – Your Help Needed to Stop this Extremist Anti-Gun Measure

Senate Bill 69 started off as a Gun "Buyback” bill, but has evolved into a “Gun Safety and Education” bill, and by further amendments has morphed into a gun owner harassment/mental interrogation bill.   SB 69 will be heard tomorrow, February 20, by the Senate Ways and Means Committee (WAM) at 9:45 AM.  This bill, in its current state,  will require fingerprinting and NICS checks in addition to the already existing registration requirement on ALL firearms brought into the state, and will allocate $200,000 to police departments to be used at their discretion for safety and training, gun "buybacks" or extensive background checks for mental health.  Please contact members of the Senate WAM Committee TODAY and respectfully express your opposition to SB 69.
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February 14, 2013

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills on the Move - Contact your state Senator Today!

Senate Bill 69, a gun “buyback” measure, was amended and passed in the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee (PSM) on February 7, by a 3-1 vote. This bill will be heard next by the Senate Ways and Means Committee (WAM).  We will inform you as soon as a committee hearing is scheduled for SB 69.
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February 6, 2013

Hawaii: Deeply Flawed Mental Health Bill to be Heard Friday

Senate Bill 932 is scheduled to be heard THIS FRIDAY at 1:35 p.m. in conference room 229 of the State Capitol by the Senate Health (HTH) and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (PSM) committees. 
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February 4, 2013

Hawaii: Gun Buyback Bill Re-Scheduled to be Heard in Senate Committee this Thursday

SB 69 has been re-scheduled and will now be heard this Thursday, February 7, in the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (PSM) Committee at 2:45 p.m. in conference room 224 of the Capitol.
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January 30, 2013

Hawaii: Attempt to Repeal Protections for NRA Instructors Failed

NRA-ILA is pleased to report that an attempt to repeal newly-enacted protections for National Rifle Association instructors has failed.  House Bill 426, introduced by Scott Saiki (D-26), sought to repeal statutory language enacted last year that protects NRA instructors from absolute liability while teaching the introductory pistol and revolver course that is necessary to purchase a firearm.
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January 29, 2013

Hawaii: Gun Buyback Bill Scheduled to be Heard This Week

Senate Bill 69, introduced by state Senators Will Espero (D-19), Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) and Josh Green (D-3), would appropriate $100,000 to county police departments statewide to establish “gun buyback” programs.  Such gun buyback schemes across the country have proven to be complete failures and a waste of taxpayer dollars.  The average person who voluntarily surrenders a firearm to police is not a criminal and the firearms surrendered are not those misused by criminals.
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January 25, 2013

Hawaii: 2013 Legislative Session Begins with a Battle for Our Second Amendment Rights in the Aloha State

Misguided state legislators are taking their lead from the national anti-gun wave that is being spread around the country by extremist New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  They are pursuing efforts to cripple gun owners’ rights and penalize law-abiding citizens with ineffective and onerous legislation. The NRA will be actively fighting proposed anti-gun measures while keeping you updated on scheduled hearings and any action taken. While each bill has been assigned to a committee, most have not yet been scheduled for hearings.
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July 11, 2012

Hawaii: Governor Signs Important NRA Instructor Liability Bill into Law

The NRA is pleased to announce that Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed House Bill 679 into law on July 9.  The protections for instructors contained in this bill took effect upon his signature.  We thank NRA members in Hawaii who contacted their legislators in support of this bill, as well as the Hawaii Rifle Association (the major sponsor of HB 679) for their hard work.
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May 7, 2012

Hawaii: Important NRA Instructor Liability Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval

With the Hawaii Legislature formally adjourning on May 4, one pro-gun bill passed before this deadline, House Bill 679. Introduced by state Representative Ken Ito (D-48) and six other state Representatives, HB 679 would exempt NRA instructors from absolute liability for injury or damage caused by their firearms during the course of providing firearms training at a firing range for the purpose of acquiring a permit to purchase a firearm.  
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March 30, 2012

Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee

The NRA thanks you for taking action and contacting state Senate Judiciary Chairman Clayton Hee concerning House Bill 679.  Due to your efforts, this important NRA instructor liability protection legislation has been scheduled for a hearing in the state Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor this Monday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m., in conference room 16 of the State Capitol.
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March 29, 2012

Hawaii: Immediate Action Needed on Instructor Liability Bill

House Bill 679, important NRA instructor liability protection legislation, MUST be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Committee next week or it will die.  This legislation passed in the state House by a 47 to 4 vote on March 6 and is still languishing in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
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March 23, 2012

Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Awaits Hearing

On March 6, House Bill 679, an NRA instructor liability protection bill, was amended and passed in the state House by a 47 to 4 vote.  This bill is now pending in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
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February 27, 2012

Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Granted Hearing

As reported two weeks ago, House Bill 679 passed in the state House Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM) Committee with no amendments.  Thanks to the overwhelming support by NRA members, HB 679 has been scheduled for a hearing in the state House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. in House Conference Room 325 of the State Capitol.
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February 22, 2012

Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Needs Your Immediate Help

As reported last week, House Bill 679 passed in the state House Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM) Committee with no amendments, and is now pending in the state House Judiciary Committee. For this bill to survive, it must get a hearing by next week!
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February 17, 2012

Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Advances

Yesterday, House Bill 679 passed in the state House Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM) Committee, with no amendments, by a 7 to 1 vote.  HB 679 now goes to the state House Judiciary Committee and could be considered in the near future.
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