Firearms bill prompted by Deedy trial

Published On: Jan 30 2014 02:12:26 PM HST

Christopher Deedy took the witness stand during his original trial last year.

HONOLULU -

Sen. Will Espero introduced a bill, SB2590, that would prohibit all county and state law enforcement officers from consuming alcohol while carrying a firearm.

The bill was prompted by the Christopher Deedy trial, in which the federal agent was charged with murder after shooting a man at a fast-food restaurant on the night o f bar-hopping in Waikiki.

On Aug. 26, 2013, a Honolulu judge declared a mistrial as the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

"We expect the best from those who serve and protect, and we hold them to the highest standards," said Espero. "This bill helps to ensure the safety of both civilians and law enforcement in the state."

Espero also introduced a bill that would establish an online firearms registration process to streamline the process for owners and officials.

"One of the biggest complaints about government is inefficiency. With this measure, everyone will save time and money," said Espero.

The following six firearms bills were introduced by Sen. Espero:

SB2937 Relating to a Law Enforcement Standards Board

Establishes a statewide law enforcement standards board for the licensing and certification of county police officers, state public safety officers, and employees of the departments of transportation and land and natural resources with police powers. Establishes a special fund. Appropriates funds.  Hawaii is only state in the nation without any state-level regulation of police.

SB2591 Relating to Law Enforcement

Requires the chief of each county police department to submit an annual report to the legislature of misconduct incidents that resulted in suspension or discharge of a police officer from the calendar year immediately prior to the year of the report submission. Requires the county police departments to provide updated information in each successive annual report until the highest non-judicial grievance adjustment procedure has concluded. Requires the county police departments to retain the disciplinary records in accordance with its record retention policy or for at least six months, whichever period is longer.

SB2589 Relating to Law Enforcement

Transfers the law enforcement functions of the harbors division of the department of transportation to the department of public safety, effective July 1, 2016.

SB2938 Relating to Firearms Registration

Requires each county to establish an online firearms registration process to be fully implemented by July 1, 2015.

SB2590 Relating to Firearms

Prohibits state and county law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry firearms from consuming alcohol or ingesting prescription medications that would impair the judgment or physical response of the employee while carrying a firearm. Prohibits the consumption of alcohol for an unspecified number of hours prior to carrying a firearm.

SB2588 Relating to Unsworn Falsification to a Law Enforcement Officer

Creates the offense of unsworn falsification to a law enforcement officer and a penalty of not less than a misdemeanor.

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