CITY COUNCIL WILL HEAR BILL 57
A STONG BILL THAT DEFINES SAFE PLACES
TESTIMONY NEEDED BY NOON FEB 7TH
RAPID RESPONSE IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT GUNS SAFETY IN HAWAII!!
There have been over 600 applications to carry a concealed gun in Hawaii.since June, when the Supreme Court decreed that Hawaii has to issue concealed carry permits. Permits are currently being issued without any restrictions as to where guns cannot be carried!
In case something delays the state’s response, the Honolulu City Council is continuing its consideration of Bill 57, a very strong bill that defines sensitive places where guns can not be carried. The bill has passed its first reading and is now in the EMLA committee. An amendment has been offered by Councilmember Tupola to undermine very important provisions of the bill.
Please submit testimony by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at noon asking the Committee to reject this amendment and pass the bill as currently written.
Here’s how to submit your testimony:
1. Log on to: https://www.honolulucitycouncil.org/
2. Click box on right to submit testimony
3. You will be prompted to select meeting and choose EMLA (Executive Matters…..).
4. Press select
5. The third bill in the list is Bill 57. Press the select button the the right.
6. Fill out the form that appears. You can sign up to testify orally (in person or via Zoom) or submit written testimony. Complete and submit
Feel free to cut and paste the statement I’ve provided below, write your own comments or just say “I support bill 57 as written and strongly oppose the Tupola amendment”,
Here is a short statement you can cut and paste
Among other important provisions which I strongly support, Bill 57 currently respects the right of private individuals and entities to choose for themselves whether to allow or restrict the carrying of guns on their property. It provides that guns shall not be carried on private property open to the public without the express authorization of the owner, lessee, operator, or manager of the property. It creates a default rule that provides for private entities to “opt-in” to authorize the public carry of firearms on their property. The Tupola amendment would transfer this burden to the property owners who do NOT want to permit guns on their property (which could increase the likelihood of confrontations)l and greatly lessen penalties for violations. Please retain the current language as written and reject the Tupola amendment.
President, Brady Hawaii
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