Support Gun Safety in Hawaii, HB984, Testimony Needed by Thursday,  March 30 at 9 am

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Testimony Needed by
Thursday, March 30 at 9am

Gun Safety in Hawaii
HB984

RAPID RESPONSE IS NEEDED TO
SUPPORT GUN SAFETY IN HAWAII!!

Update: 

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. Over 50  permits have already been issued without any restrictions as to where guns can be carried!

HB984, the Governor’s bill on sensitive places and other important gun safety issues, passed the Senate Committee on Public Safety last week. The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee which has scheduled a hearing on the bill this coming week.

By the way, there has been some confusion about the addition of HD1 or SB 1 to the bill numbers. These additions refer to amended drafts. When you log onto the capitol website to submit testimony, just type in HB984 with no reference to amended drafts).

Please submit testimony on
HB984 by THURSDAY, MARCH 30 AT 9AM.

Below is  a short statement you can cut and paste. Feel free to write your own or just write “I support HB984” 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, HB984 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

ONE MORE THING:  I will be out of town next week without access to my computer so I will be unable to sent out alerts.  There is only one more hearing pending on the House side.  SB1230 (the text of which has essentially been replaced with HB 984)  will be heard by the House Finance Committee.  My colleague, Barbara Shimei, will be sending out notification when the hearing is scheduled and the deadline for submission of testimony.  Please submit the same testimony you provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, or just say “I support this bill.”

To submit testimony:

  • Click here https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/.
    • 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.
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Submit Testimony On Holding Irresponsible Gun Manufacturers Liable


Testimony Needed by
Thursday, March 29 at 9am

Hold Irresponsible Gun Manufacturers Liable
HB426

The Senate Committee on Judiciary is holding a hearing this week on HB426, HD1. This is one of two important bills on gun safety that Senate will hear before the end of the session.

Please submit testimony by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 at 9am asking the Committee to support HB426, HD.HB426,HD1 is similar to bills passed in other states which creates a standard of conduct for the gun industry that is rooted in reasonableness, where a violation or failure to meet  that standard can serve as an exception to the federal law that insulates the gun industry from most civil liability claims.  

Below is  a short statement you can cut and paste.  Feel free to write your own or just write “ I support HB426” in the text box on the testimony submission form.

Current federal law shields bad actors in the gun industry from most civil lawsuits, even when they have acted irresponsibly or negligently.  There is no reason that any industry should be insulated from liability, much less an industry that deals in lethal weapons and has all too often put profits over people.  
There are many responsible gun industry actors, and HB426 won’t impact them. 

But there are others that act with impunity because of the industry has been protected: dealers who facilitate gun trafficking, online sellers who negligently allow children to purchase firearm accessories or ghost gun parts and  manufacturers who fail to incorporate safety technologies that could prevent unintentional shootings by children.  Guns can and should be safer. Children are dying because the manufacturers have chosen not to make them safer and have suffered no consequences.  No industry should be above the law. 4

Please support HB426.

To submit testimony:

  • Click here https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/.
    • 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

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