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Hawaii: Two Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Multiple Committees TOMORROW

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hawaii: Two Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Multiple Committees TOMORROW

Tomorrow, February 12, two anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 674 and Senate Bill 783, have been scheduled for committee hearings.  SB 674 is scheduled for a joint-hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment and the Committee on  Commerce and Consumer Protection at 2:45p.m. in Conference Room 225 of the State Capitol.  SB 783 is scheduled for a joint-hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs at 2:45p.m. in Conference Room 229 of the State Capitol.

Senate Bill 674, introduced by state Senator Will Espero (D-19), would prohibit the selling and trading of ivory and rhinoceros horns.  Introduced with the intent of curbing poaching of African elephants, rhinoceros and other animal species poached for their ivory, this bill aims to eliminate the markets for ivory products.  However, SB 674 will not accomplish this goal.  Instead, this bill will harm firearms owners, sportsmen, hunters, recreational shooters and gun collectors who have legally purchased firearms (and knives, jewelry, etc.) which incorporate ivory features. 

Historically, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintained the position that most ivory in the U.S. has been legally imported and that its sale in the U.S. did not materially contribute to the illegal ivory trade.   Nevertheless, under SB 674, an individual would commit the offense of unlawful sale or trade of ivory or rhinoceros horn if the person sells, offers to sell, possesses with the intent to sell, or imports with the intent to sell any ivory or rhinoceros horn.  Virtually any lawful item containing any amount of ivory, with very limited and narrow exceptions, would be rendered valueless as it would be a misdemeanor to sell/buy for a first offense and a felony for a subsequent offense.  Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment as well as the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection and politely urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 674.  Contact information for committee members can be found below.

Senate Bill 783 is an anti-gun bill introduced by state Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D-21) expanding the list of prohibited possessors.  This bill seeks to disqualify individuals from the ownership, possession and control of firearms and ammunition and would require the surrender of all firearms and ammunition of a person who:

  1. Refuses to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test while under arrest; or
  2. Refuses to sign a waiver, at the time of application for a firearm permit, which includes an affirmation that neither the applicant nor any family or household member is, or has been, diagnosed with any significant behavioral, emotional or mental disorders, as defined by the diagnostic and statistical manual of the American Psychiatric Association; or
  3. Fails to pay child or spousal support

This egregious bill would cause you to lose your Second Amendment rights if you chose to invoke your Fourth Amendment rights.  Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Transportation as well as the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs and politely urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 783.  Contact information for the committee members can be found below.

 

Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment Members:

Senator Mike Gabbard (D-20), Chair
(808) 586-6830
sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov   

Senator Josh Green (D-13), Vice Chair
(808) 586-9385
sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov   

Senator Brickwood Galuteria (D-12)
(808) 586-6740
sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov  

Senator Sam Slom (R-9)
(808) 586-8426
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov  

Senator Les Ihara (D-10)
(808) 586-6250
senihara@capitol.hawaii.gov  

 

Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Members:

Senator Rosalyn Baker (D-6), Chair
(808) 586-6070
senbaker@captiol.hawaii.gov  

Senator Brian Taniguchi (D-11), Vice Chair
(808) 586-6460
sentaniguchi@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Gilbert Kahele (D-1)
(808) 586-6760
senkahele@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Michelle Kidani (D-18)
(808) 586-7100
senkidani@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara (D-17)
(808) 586-6970
sennishihara@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Glenn Wakai (D-15)
(808) 586-8585
senwakai@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Sam Slom (R-9)
(808) 586-8420
senslom@captiol.hawaii.gov

 

Senate Committee on Transportation Members:

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara (D-17), Chair
(808) 586-6970
sennishihara@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Breene Harimoto (D-16), Vice-Chair
(808) 586-6230
senharimoto@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Donovan Dela Cruz (D-22)
(808) 586-6090
sendelacruz@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator J. Kalani English (D-7)
(808) 587-7225
senenglish@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Will Espero (D-19)
(808) 586-6360
senespero@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Lorraine Inouye (D-4)
(808) 586-7335
seninouye@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Michelle Kidani (D-18)
(808) 586-7100
senkidani@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Ronald Kouchi (D-8)
(808) 586-6030
senkouchi@captiol.hawaii.gov

Senator Sam Slom (R-9)
(808) 586-8420
senslom@captiol.hawaii.gov

 

Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Members:

Senator Will Espero (D-19), Chair
(808) 586-6360
senespero@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, (D-6), Vice Chair
(808) 586-6070
senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Sam Slom (R-9)
(808) 586-8426
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D-5)
(808) 586-7344
senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Brickwood Galuteria (D-12)
(808) 586-6829
sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov 

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