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Thank You to All Our Veterans and Currently Serving Military Members

 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!

Voice Your Concerns: HPD to Destroy 2,300 Old Guns

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

HRA Encouraging Applications for Concealed Carry Permit

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).

Peruta vs. San Diego County

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 impermissibly 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.