Firearm registration up 60 percent si...

Firearm registration up 60 percent since 2000

There are 96 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 14, 2008, titled Firearm registration up 60 percent since 2000. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / [email protected] Ed Masaki, a champion shooter and gunsmith, was at Koko Head rifle range yesterday with his .45-caliber pistol called "Dragon," modifed to lessen recoil.

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#1 Mar 14, 2008
Iam Still wondering why the permit just to own a gun in Hi Thought that was our right to bear arms. In my state we have permits to carry consealed which is a deterent to those who would do us harm .Its a known fact that when the bad guys think that they never know what lawabiding person might be packing that crime go's down.
Thomas Jefferson

Jacksonville, FL

#2 Mar 14, 2008
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Honolulu, HI

#3 Mar 14, 2008
hey ohana burt, so true. when i was in houston, they have a concealed weapon law. once some punks got stupid in traffic with me. all i did was pull over, they pulled over too. then i pretended to reach under my seat. they got scared and left. i didnt have any weapon and it was a good ruse. in addition, road rage went way down throughout houston.

Honolulu, HI

#4 Mar 14, 2008
This nation was built on firearms not laws, laws came later, after the abuse that having a firearm , and using it fior a criminal purpose insued, they were used in my family to hunt for food that's how I learned how to shhot

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 14, 2008
my apololgy for the misspelling I/m a disabled Veteran , wounded in Nam

Honolulu, HI

#6 Mar 14, 2008
Guns don't kill people people kill people they just sometimes` use guns to do it knives do just as well, clubs, bombs, cars,poison, nuclear weapons of all kinds and airplanes into buildings 911....NY,NY
love waianae

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Mar 14, 2008
The tourism board will never let CCW into Hawaii. The victims of violent assaults are mostly tourists and military personnel, and can be quickly swept under the rug, so the farce of "aloha" goes on. What would be the make-up of the people that would get shot in self-defense? The civil-rights groups would have a field day in the press.
Henani -off island now

Dallas, TX

#8 Mar 14, 2008
I can see the NRA version of the Constitution is at work here.
Hawaii 50

Kailua, HI

#9 Mar 14, 2008
Being a TX resident for many years before moving to Hawaii, I bet the crime would be much lower in Waianae if the people stealing from property assumed that the person home was armed and in full right to put a plug in you for invading a home or whatever. Now days you get sued for hurting some idiot who breaks into your home and hurts himself. Sorry, I don't have any sympathy for the ambulance chasing attorney or the sucker who broke his arm falling into the window he broke to get in.
Henani -off island now

Dallas, TX

#10 Mar 14, 2008
I grew up & lived in Texas for 55 years, and having a gun in the house never did squat for reducing crime in the state. My brother still lives in TX and has a freaken' housefull of guns... and he's been broken into twice & had his car broken into a couple of times. I've NEVER had a gun in my own house and have NEVER been broken into nor had my car broken into. Now when I was a teenager (and still living at my Dad's where there were numerous guns) I did have my car broken into one time... and had a window peeper one time. So having a gun in the house does squat for reducing crime IMO.
In Hawai'i, I have NO guns, leave my doors unlocked most of the time, leave my car unlocked most of the time, and have NEVER had anything bad happen.

Sherman Oaks, CA

#11 Mar 14, 2008
Put the guns down and put the dukes up. You live to fight another day. All the tough guys with guns, man up and don't be scared to get beat up. No flash guns around acting tough.
Dumb and dummer

Honolulu, HI

#13 Mar 14, 2008
What wrote:
Put the guns down and put the dukes up. You live to fight another day. All the tough guys with guns, man up and don't be scared to get beat up. No flash guns around acting tough.
sadly..if that was true..then there wouldnt be drive by shooting..but what ur saying is not realistic..thats not today society.. guns rules..not fists..sorry to say.

Honolulu, HI

#14 Mar 14, 2008
Good thing Jervis didn't have a gun. Those four punks from St; Louis would be pushing daisies by now.

Honolulu, HI

#15 Mar 14, 2008
Is it so hard to believe that there are acutally responsible citizens out there? Do some of these people think that every single gun owner is a walking time bomb? I would consider that discrimination. So one of my hobbies is firearms - why question my life choices?

Hawaii is neither a completely safe paradise nor is it a third-world disaster waiting to happen. Guns might not reduce crime in all cases, but I severely doubt they cause or increase the likelyhood of criminal activity all by themselves either. It obviously requires an indivudual to make a very poor decision for a firearm to be an aid in crime. Why not concentrate there? Too difficult?

Must be a slow news day to report something as mundane as this.

Honolulu, HI

#16 Mar 14, 2008
Terrifying piece of technology in the hands of an owner who doesn't respect it or not responsible with it. There are only three things you can do with a weapon here?(my guesses)
1. Hunt pigs, sheep, goats, birds to include turkeys.
2. Target shooting at the range.
3. Treat like a piece of art?
Are there regular target shooting competitions? Where? Is game in our mountain ranges that plentiful to have that much hunters? What else can you do with a firearm?

Honolulu, HI

#17 Mar 14, 2008
"Don't be scared to get beat up" Another discriminatory remark. Do you have elder parents or grandparents? Know anyone who has a disability? Know anyone who is too sick from disease to lift a finger in their own defense? Are they not strong enough to be worthy of living out their lives in peace?

Flashing a firearm around willy-nilly without an imminent threat of bodily harm is indeed foolish, not to mention illegal. They call that brandishing. However, denying anyone who does not have the physical ability (through sickness, age, injury, etc.) to defend themselves is equally asinine. The rhetoric here really displays how narrow minded some can be.
Paul from Wisconsin

De Forest, WI

#18 Mar 14, 2008
Today a solier with his m-4 assault weapon was killed by police. He tied up his girlfriend and refused to surrender. Did he really need the gun. Yes to order his girlfriend around and to be killed by police. This was in Germany.

Rohnert Park, CA

#19 Mar 14, 2008
We should get clarification on these statistics.

Since 9/11 Hawaii has brought in more federal law enforcement officers. These officers carry guns, which would need to be registered in the state just like any other gun. The same is true for new police recruits, as well as officers who purchase supplemental guns and long guns to be used while on duty. Do these gun permits figure into the over all scheme of things?

Additionally, anyone who spends time at Koko Head Gun Range knows that there are a lot of military personnel who have just arrived in Hawaii who either bring their personal guns with them to Hawaii and/or purchase new weapons while in Hawaii. I would assume the later is more accurate since Kids can join the military at 18, but cannot purchase a hand gun until they reach 21.

Also, in the past 2 years, the gun laws have changed. I believe the Brady Bill has expired. Now gun collectors can purchase a different variety of guns that they could not purchase 3 years ago.

For the amount of personally owned firearms in Hawaii, we have very very low rates of gun violence. This is partially a result of HPD's efforts in screening individuals, as well as people using their common sense.

Nevertheless, if a criminal wants a gun, they can get one. They won't follow the proper channels, but rather they will find a gun on the street or use a knife to commit a crime. Washington D.C. bans handguns all together and has done so for many years, nevertheless, D.C. has had the highest rates of deaths via handguns. This is an example of how banning guns does not work.

Hawaii should allow those individuals who are properly trained and certified the opportunity to carry a concealed weapon.

Honolulu, HI

#20 Mar 14, 2008
Do you have a link to the story? Is it that easy to simply leave a military installtion with a government owned weapon and ammunition? That would be disconcerting.

Once again, what is your point? You cannot simply be saying that all gun owners need guns for is to order their girlfriends around and to be killed by police, right?
Down South

Baton Rouge, LA

#21 Mar 14, 2008
If guns cause crime, pens cause misspelled words.

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