Gun Safety Testimony Needed by 9:30 am TOMORROW

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Tuesday, Feb 28rd


There have been over 600 applications to carry a concealed gun in Hawaii since June, when the  Supreme Court decreed  in the Bruen case that Hawaii has to issue concealed carry permits. At least 20 permits have already beenissued without any restrictions as to where guns can be carried! (It’s a little concerning that the exact number of permits keeps changing, depending on which official you ask).

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is holding a hearing this week on SB1230, CD1. This is the most important bill on gun safety that Senate will hear before crossover to the Senate. Please submit testimony by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 9:30 am asking the Committee to support this bill.


Since the Bruen case decreed that Hawaii must allow  people to carry concealed guns, it is VITAL to the safety of Hawaii’s residents and visitors to pass HB984 which sets clear requirements for:

—who is, and is not, eligible to carry a gun in public

—how our county chiefs of police can assure that permits for concealed carry are approved only after a thorough background and mental health review

—locations where  people who get permits to carry guns in public can and cannot carry those guns

Below is  a short statement you can cut and paste.  Feel free to write your own or just write “ I support SB1230 as amended” in the text box on the testimony submission form.

I have grave concerns about the impact of the Bruen decision on the safety or Hawaii’s residents and visitors.  Among other important provisions which I strongly support, SB1230, CD1 as amended addresses two areas of major concern about how our residents and visitors can remain safe. It ensures that the licensing procedure  for concealed guns weeds out individuals who would be a threat to others or themselves. It also sets forth a list of sensitive places where firearms cannot be carried that is  comprehensive enough to protect the safety of Hawaii’s residents and visitors.

*To submit testimony:

— click on   

        -register if necessary or log into your account.  Click on “Submit Testimony” box on left.   The process for submission is very straightforward:

-Provide bill number

-Press continue which brings you directly to the form you must fill out.

-Fill in required fields and indicate whether you support or oppose the bill and  whether you intend to submit written testimony  or appear in person or by zoom 

-If you intend to provide a written statement, you have the option of uploading a file or writing directly on the form. You can cut and paste what I sent or  you or write your own statement    

-Press submit when all fields are completed. You will see your completed form to review and edit if need be.  Check the box indicating you are aware your statement is public info.  

-Press submit again and it should bring you back to the first page where a green box will indicate your testimony has been successfully submitted.

Deb Nehmad

Chapter Lead, Brady Hawaii

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