Friday, February 17, 2006

An Uphill Battle

Hawaii Reporter: Women Tell Lawmakers They Want the Right to Protect Themselves with a Concealed Firearm. Several bills are introduced but they seem to have been killed by committees. One bill would change Hawaii from a "May Issue" to a "Shall Issue" state. If you meet the legal requirements, the state "shall issue" a concealed weapons permit.

The law enforcement agencies are unwilling to give up their monopoly on firearms.
In the last 15 years, no law abiding citizen applying for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Honolulu has been granted one -- not one domestic violence victim, not one person whose life was in danger, not one person working where they may be robbed at gunpoint.
Of course not everyone can "turn and run" when threatened.
Elizabeth "Biz" Kellam says is a 51-year-old disabled woman living alone who does not appreciate the police chief’s advice that to protect herself, she should "turn and run," rather than aim and shoot. "With the rise of violent crime here on Oahu, I want passage of this bill so I can protect myself from physical danger
The nay-sayers of course do not consider the history of concealed carry in the other states that have "Shall Issue" forms of the law. Instead they go on "feelings" and "beliefs." Facts are not required. [NRA-ILA]

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