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Monday, February 27, 2012
Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Granted Hearing
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Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Granted Hearing

From NRA-ILA February 27, 2012

As reported two weeks ago, House Bill 679 passed in the state House Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM) Committee with no amendments. Thanks to the overwhelming support by NRA members, HB 679 has been scheduled for a hearing in the state House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. in House Conference Room 325 of the State Capitol.

Introduced by state Representative Ken Ito (D-48) and six other state representatives, HB 679 is an NRA-supported bill that would exempt firearms instructors certified by the National Rifle Association from liability for injury or damage caused by discharge of their firearms while providing training required to obtain a permit to acquire firearms. At present, volunteer instructors are vulnerable to Hawaii’s “absolute liability” law.

This is an important measure for not only NRA-certified instructors, but also Hawaii gun owners since once liability protection is established, it will open the door for those seeking to gain instructor status and create more opportunities for gun owners to meet the training standards.

Please call AND e-mail members of the state House Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB 679. Their contact information can be found below.

House Judiciary Committee:

Representative Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran (D-9), Chairman


Representative Karl Rhoads (D-28), Vice Chairman


Representative Tom Brower (D-23)


Representative Rida T. R. Cabanilla (D-42)


Representative Mele Carroll (D-13)


Representative Denny Coffman (D-6)


Representative George R. Fontaine (R-11)


Representative Robert N. Herkes (D-5)


Representative Ken Ito (D-48)


Representative Sylvia Luke (D-26)


Representative Barbara C. Marumoto (R-19)


Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey (D-10)


Representative Joseph M. Souki (D-8)


Representative Cynthia Thielen (R-50)


Representative Clift Tsuji (D-3)



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