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 / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM 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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Chris

Honolulu, HI

#83 Apr 1, 2008
Guns don't kill people, bullets do.

Guns just make them go really, really fast!!!!
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#84 Apr 1, 2008
Nope, you're shooting blanks.

People with criminal intent kill people, not guns, just like alcohol does not cause drunk driving and knives don't slash throats.
Chris wrote:
Guns don't kill people, bullets do.
Guns just make them go really, really fast!!!!
Right to Carry

Honolulu, HI

#85 May 9, 2008
Lawful gun owner wrote:
<quoted text>My understanding of the law regarding civil legitation in the use of force is it based upon unlawful or unreasonable use. In this case of Janel Tupola...its would seem to be appropriate level of force...to save someone from imminent death or great bodily injury..i cannot imagine on what grounds would the assailant or his family would have to bring legitation again someone who responded to the situation especially if the use of force was found to be lawful and appropriate.
I apologize for not responding sooner, but I was out of town. Unfortunately your assessment that if the shooting was "good" and "legal" that you are protected from any civil liability, is incorrect. HRS 703 deals with the use of deadly force and specifically states that even if the shooting is justified, that civil remedies for the perp/perp's family remains. The relevant language is:
" 703-301 Justification a defense; civil remedies unaffected.(1) In any prosecution for an offense, justification, as defined in sections 703-302 through 703-309, is a defense.

(2) The fact that conduct is justifiable under this chapter does not abolish or impair any remedy for such conduct which is available in any civil action.[L 1972, c 9, pt of 1]

That, IMHO, is why we need to change the law...it's about time we stopped penalizing the law abiding citizen protecting his life, family, and hard earned possessions!

Aloha,
Right to Carry

Honolulu, HI

#86 May 9, 2008
Justice wrote:
"Use of Deadly Force" law, in Hawaii will absolve anyone who uses deadly force to prevent a senseless killing like the Tupuola case. If you had a gun at home and used it on the perpertrator, you are immune against criminal liability. One thing is you have to prove that the victim was in imminent death if you had not acted.
Unfortunately your are incorrect...the wording of HRS703 specifically states that even legally justified shooting still can result in a civil trial for damages. The wordings is:
703-301 Justification a defense; civil remedies unaffected.(1) In any prosecution for an offense, justification, as defined in sections 703-302 through 703-309, is a defense.

(2) The fact that conduct is justifiable under this chapter does not abolish or impair any remedy for such conduct which is available in any civil action.[L 1972, c 9, pt of 1]

Maybe it's time we, the law abiding citizens got "our" lawmakers to change the law?

Aloha,
Lawful gun owner

Honolulu, HI

#87 May 13, 2008
Right to Carry wrote:
<quoted text>
I apologize for not responding sooner, but I was out of town. Unfortunately your assessment that if the shooting was "good" and "legal" that you are protected from any civil liability, is incorrect. HRS 703 deals with the use of deadly force and specifically states that even if the shooting is justified, that civil remedies for the perp/perp's family remains. The relevant language is:
" 703-301 Justification a defense; civil remedies unaffected.(1) In any prosecution for an offense, justification, as defined in sections 703-302 through 703-309, is a defense.
(2) The fact that conduct is justifiable under this chapter does not abolish or impair any remedy for such conduct which is available in any civil action.[L 1972, c 9, pt of 1]
That, IMHO, is why we need to change the law...it's about time we stopped penalizing the law abiding citizen protecting his life, family, and hard earned possessions!
Aloha,
Thanks for the info
Thomas

Thoreau, NM

#88 May 13, 2008
I remember when I lived in Honolulu getting a permit to carry a gun was about as easy as getting an audience wth the Pope ! Tourism is the life blood of Hawaii ! The last thing that the tourist industry would want are people shooting muggers in Waikiki !
just wondering

Honolulu, HI

#89 May 13, 2008
Henani -off island now wrote:
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.
Ummmm....what was your address again?
just wondering

Honolulu, HI

#90 May 13, 2008
Tradesman wrote:
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?
I thought you were talking about cars for a moment there.
just wondering

Honolulu, HI

#91 May 13, 2008
Paul from Wisconsin wrote:
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How many soldiers in Hawaii? Soldiers and gunowners have in their posession weapons of mass destruction. A twelve year old with a bat or a knife, you would attempt to disarm. If he was pointing an assault weapon at you and only had to pull the trigger would you disarm him to protect the others behind you? The twelve year old could get the weapon from a gun owner who is careless or from his success as a thief.
"Weapons of mass destruction"??? Are you daft? A WMD is a nuclear, biological or chemical weapon that can kill thousands at once. No matter how much you want it to be, a firearm is not a WMD. As can be seen from your pathetic post, you would be more than happy to let as many people as possible die, rather than stepping up and helping.
As for your question, Of course I would try to disarm the person with the weapon to save those behind me. People like you not only refuse to take personal responsibilty for your own safety, but also want to take the ability for self protection from others. You'd be hiding behind someone else trying to save yourself when the SHTF. We are all going to die one day. Can there be any better way than to go while saving the lives on innocents?
just wondering

Honolulu, HI

#92 May 13, 2008
Sorry, I meant to say " Can there be any better way to go while saving the lives of innocents?"
Better ban me from typing....
Right to Carry

Honolulu, HI

#93 May 14, 2008
Thomas wrote:
I remember when I lived in Honolulu getting a permit to carry a gun was about as easy as getting an audience wth the Pope ! Tourism is the life blood of Hawaii ! The last thing that the tourist industry would want are people shooting muggers in Waikiki !
Yeah, it is much better to have the criminals violently victimize the tourists...NOT
Right to Carry

Honolulu, HI

#94 May 14, 2008
Henani -off island now wrote:
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.
Actually, after Texas passed their concealed carry law, crime went down. And, while not necessarily addressing your assertion that more guns didn't do anything to reduce crime rhetoric, the study (link follows) shows that when more people were able to carry guns legally that crime went down.
http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php...
Carole

Reno, NV

#95 May 14, 2008
Mark Rydell wrote:
Why would anyone ask someone who teaches 'womens studies' their opinion on anything? The only thing they are good at is teaching other women to hate men.
You know........ I don't think that's a 'learned skill set'........ I think that's a genetic component *S*

Now, about the gun issue: If I owned a gun, I would NOT hesitate to use it... and if I were going to use a weapon, I would use it to kill.
Buck shot

Honolulu, HI

#96 May 15, 2008
Keep the guns locked up
Thomas

Thoreau, NM

#97 May 15, 2008
It is very sad that a place like Hawaii people would even think about wanting to carry a gun , as the image people have of the islands is a warm laid back place where people come to relax , swim , fish and surf ! Unfortunately I've seen some of the darker side of Hawaii , several days after my arrival the owner of my apartment building in Waikiki was brutally murdered , and I once witnessed a car-jacking on Ward Ave., so I can see the reason why people feel they must be armed ! Violence seems to be more common now than the first time I visited Hawaii back in 1967 . Sad , because Hawaii is really a great place !
Right to Carry

Honolulu, HI

#98 May 16, 2008
Buck shot wrote:
Keep the guns locked up
Kinda makes it hard to use them if the crack-heads and other violent criminals attack you. But, I suppose you think it's OK that something like the Tupuola beating happened because no one was able to help that poor woman...and if they did, they may have been sued by the guy that killed her, or his family. Yeah, that's a great solution. Let's hope it's not your girlfriend/wife that gets attacked next time!

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