KITV4: ‘HHAA holds semi-annual Great Gun Show’

by Roger Mari
KITV4, 28 Oct. 2015

At the Hawaii Historic Arms Association (HHAA) “Great Guns Show,” some of the firearms were just for show while others were available for purchase.

In 2000, there were more than 13,000 firearms in our state; in 2013, that number shot up to 60,000.

This year, nine people were killed during the mass shooting in Oregon by a man who had an arsenal of weapons.

“Unfortunately he was a law abiding citizen, acquired his guns legally and for unknown reasons, he did what he did,” said Philip Rapoza, HHAA.

Exhibitors at Saturday’s “Great Gun Show” were hoping that the recent shooting in Oregon wouldn’t trigger lawmakers to tighten the rules on purchasing firearms in Hawaii.

“It’s a lot better here as far as keeping the guns out of the hands of the crazy people because we do an actual medical and mental background check where most other states do not,” says Brian Takaba, a gun store owner.

“I think overall Hawaii has a not too bad, pretty good balance between trying to allow people to bear arms lawfully and at the same time protect public safety,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuru [Shimabukuro].

Since 2000, there have been only six concealed carry permits issued in Hawaii. Some here believe more should be allowed.

Read the full article here.

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