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Lessons In Firearms Education Hawaii

Lessons In Firearms Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing training in the safe ownership and usage of firearms. Using established NRA training materials, and covering the relevant state laws, our handgun safety class meets all mandated training requirements for those wishing to purchase a pistol in Hawaii. We also offer classes on the safe ownership and usage of shotguns and rifles, and even offer classes to qualified individuals who are interested in becoming NRA certified instructors.



SATURDAY, JUNE 18 10:00am - 4:00pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 10:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy all of the shooting venues and firearms available at the KOKO HEAD SHOOTING COMPLEX, Just past Hanauma Bay, heading towards Sandy Beach.

Join the HRA for a day of fun and shooting - NRA Certified Instructors to assist you - Various Firearms Display tables in the Main Tent - Sign In, Safety Briefing and Script available at the Main Tent.

Air Soft, Semi-auto Machine Guns, Action Pistol, BB Guns & Pellet Guns, Archery, Tactical Shotguns, Big Game Rifles, High Power Rifles, Semi-auto Machine Guns, Trap & Skeet with Shotguns, .22 Rifles & Pistols, Metallic Silhouette, Military Small Arms(Civil War to Modern, US Forces, Foreign Forces), and Many other types of Rifles, Pistols & Shotguns will also be available for your shooting pleasure.

*Eye and Ear protection mandatory for ALL attendees*
*Eye and hearing protection will be available for purchase at the Fair*
**No alcohol allowed at any time at this event**
*Lunch Wagon onsite both days*

*** Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Conference Committee Hearing Wednesday, 4/20 ***

Senate Bill, SB 2954, Rapback, is scheduled for a Conference Committee meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20, at 9 a.m. The bill results in increased fees, a loss of privacy, constant monitoring, and a possible violation of the federal Firearms Owners Act of 1986. Please contact the Conference Committee members and ask them to oppose the bill: Representatives Rhoads, Chair; San Buenaventura, McDermott and Senators Nishihara, Chair; Keith-Agaran, Co-Chair; Slom.

Clicking on the link to the NRA website and then clicking on the Take Action button is an easy way to contact all of the Conference Committee members with one message:https://www.nraila.org/articles/20160419/hawaii-anti-gun-bill-scheduled-for-conference-committee-hearing-tomorrow

Or, you can contact each Conference Committee member directly, the website below provides legislator contact information: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=all



Lessons in Firearms Education (LIFE) would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our veterans and currently serving military members. We cannot thank enough those men and women that have, and continue to place their lives at risk to keep us safe. And while we wish to recognize our service members for what they have done, we want to also recognize them for what they are, and will do, after they leave the military. Our brave men and women are some of the best trained, best educated, and best prepared to enter the workforce and bring their unique skill set to the job at hand. Their dedication, knowledge, and "get the job done" attitude are a definite benefit to any team.

To all of our military, past and present, thank you for your service!


Last night there was a disturbing news report on KGMB with an exclusive investigation performed by Keoki Kerr. Please see the report below:

EXCLUSIVE: HPD will destroy 2,300 old guns worth $500K: Exclusive: HPD to Destroy 2,300 Old Guns Worth 500k

It is very important that you voice your concerns about the way the city is handling the situation as soon as possible. Contact Mayor Caldwell by phone: 808-768-4141 and via his "Contact the Mayor" website: https://www.honolulu.gov/mayor/contactthemayor.html

Contact Council member Ann Kobayashi: Akobayashi@honolulu.gov 808-768-5005

Contact your district council member, you can find their contact information here.

Contact HPD: honolulupd.org.

I will be sending this letter to the mayor to voice my concerns:

Mayor Caldwell,

After viewing the story on KGMB about HPD wanting to destroy $500,000.00 worth of fully functional guns rather than recoup some revenue on them, we at Lessons in Firearms Education (LIFE) and the Hawaii Rifle Association (HRA) were quite dismayed. In these times of lean budgets and continual cost cutting to needed city services, to throw away a half million dollars seems senseless.

The reason your office and HPD gave for not selling to the public seemed to be a slight on those legal gun owners who would have purchased them and who supported you during your election. You should be ashamed for suggesting that the good citizens of Hawaii cannot be trusted with buying HPD’s surplus guns for fear of them falling into criminal hands when record numbers of firearms have been bought by those same citizens for the last 10 years without any such problems.

To claim that selling these guns was going to "put them on the streets" as if to infer they were destined to fall into the hands of criminals seems a bit irrational and alarmist considering the rigorous processes that are currently place for the sole purpose of preventing that type of diversion and that law abiding citizens go thorough each and every time they purchase handguns. In conformity with Hawaii law, HPD’s surplus firearms could only be sold using this process, which includes mandatory training, a background check, and a 14 day waiting period.

We at LIFE and HRA offer our assistance in finding a way to sell these fully functional guns to responsible gun owners.

We at LIFE and HRA respectfully request the decision to destroy these fully functional guns be reversed.

Bill Richter, President Lessons in Firearms Education

Harvey Gerwig, President Hawaii Rifle Association


For a step by step "How to" guide to using the Hawaii State Legislature Tracking & Testimony features, click here. Never miss another hearing and receive notifications directly in your email inbox.


HRA encourages all interested and eligible individuals to apply for a concealed carry permit. On Oahu the process requires a trip to the HPD station and they will not let you take the documents out of the station. We believe this is illegal and are looking into the problem. But, in the mean time you can download these documents (you don't need to download the records release, or first two pages) and use them to make filling out the documents HPD gives you easier.

You will still need to bring in two passport photos to complete the process.

Past reports from the AG seem to under report the number of individuals that have applied for a CCW, so we would like to ask for your assistance in keeping a record of all those that applied and that were denied. To keep track of the denials, we are asking that anyone who gets denied send a copy of the denial to HRA President Harvey Gerwig (hghawaii@gmail.com).


November 12, 2014

California's PERUTA case has taken a new turn further strengthening the case for amending Hawaii's may issue/show need concealed carry statute. California's Attorney General and the Brady Campaign were too late to intervene in a favorable Ninth Circuit Court reversal decision.

History: Mr. Ed Peruta and other plaintiffs, including the California Rifle and Pistol Association, challenged the County of San Diego and San Diego County Sheriff William Gore for denial of a concealed carry license but lost in US District Court, December 12, 2010.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision February 14, 2014, and sent the case back to US District Court because "The District Court erred in denying the applicant's motion for a summary judgement on the Second Amendment claim because San Diego County's 'good cause' permitting requirement impermissiby infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense." The Ninth Circuit held that a responsible, law-abiding citizen has a right under the Second Amendment to carry a firearm in public for self-defense and that "self defense" was sufficient "good cause."

Present: Sheriff Gore declined to file a petition for rehearing, so the Attorney General for the State of California and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence "moved to intervene." On November 12, 2014, their intervention has been denied.

The Ninth Circuit Court also hears appeals from Hawaii's US District Court, and the plaintiffs' claim is essentially the same as Chris Baker's suit against HPD Chief Kealoha. In addition to Peruta, the same Ninth Circuit judges heard Baker v. Kealoha at the same time and ruled similarly that Hawaii US District Judge Kay erred, opening an opportunity for appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Hawaii Rifle Association will ask supportive Hawaii State Legislators to introduce legislation to amend Hawaii's carry statutes in the 2015 Legislature, opening Jan 15, 2015.

*** Baker v. Kealoha Suit Update***

There have been some positive developments in the Baker v. Kealoha suit.
Here is the latest update from the Hawaii Defense Foundation.



We have started a petition asking the City Council to allow registration of firearms at all Honolulu Police stations. Currently you can only register your firearms at the Beretania Street station and this makes it very difficult for some who live outside Honolulu. In addition, the increase in firearms sales has created long lines that sometimes stretch outside the outer doors of the firearms branch office. HPD is even closing the doors at 3 PM to complete the registration process by 4:30 PM when the office closes.

In addition to allowing registrations at all police stations, we are asking for extended hours for those that cannot easily take off work several times during the week to register their firearms.

Please sign the petition above and make sure to provide your email address so we can verify your identity.

Thank you.


November 2, 2012 - Click Here for Video


LIFE is excited to now be offering online registration for our courses. Please use the "Register Online" link under our Handgun Courses and create an account to continue registering. This is brand new for LIFE and we ask that you be patient with any "bugs" you may encounter. We have gone to great lengths to make sure the system works well, but we also know nothing is perfect, especially with technology issues. Look for more online offerings soon, including Oahu Fun Shoots.


Bill Richter,
President, Lessons in Firearms Education