Please Thank the Governor Today!On Wednesday, May 12, Governor Linda Lingle (R) signed two bills into law that will protect the rights of
Senate Bill 358, brought forward by State Senator Sam Slom (R-8), will prevent the seizure of firearms or ammunition from any lawful possessor during an emergency or disaster. Senator Slom introduced SB358 in 2009 as a response to the widespread seizure of firearms that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The bill languished in the Legislature until the tsunami scare that occurred in
Governor Lingle also signed Senate Bill 532. Also introduced by Senator Slom, this bill will provide protection from civil immunity to a homeowner or an owner of any real property who uses force, including deadly force, for self-defense. This is a very key provision under the “Castle Doctrine,” which is a long-held belief that an individual’s home is their castle and it should be defended from intrusion.
Please contact Governor Lingle and thank her for signing SB358 and SB532 into law. The Governor can be reached by phone at (808) 586-0034 or click here to send email.
Also, please thank Senator Slom and State Senator Brian Taniguchi (D-10), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for their leadership in seeing these bills through. Senator Slom can be reached by phone at (808) 586-8420 or email senslom@Capitol.hawaii.gov. To contact Senator Taniguchi, please call (808) 586-6460 or email sentaniguchi@Capitol.hawaii.gov.