Police Call: DES focuses on firearms registration

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command
According to Policy Memorandum Installation 1 (Discipline, Law, and Order), service members and their dependents must register all privately owned weapons with the state of Hawaii in accordance with state laws.
All firearms brought in from outside of the state require registration within 72 hours of the firearm entering Hawaii.
Individuals born outside of the U.S. must bring proof of citizenship.
On Oahu, all firearms require registration at the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Headquarters (located on South Beretania Street.)
When transporting your firearm, ensure it is unloaded and carried in an enclosed container. Failure to do so may lead to criminal charges. Additionally, do not bring any ammunition with you.
In order to purchase firearms in Hawaii, you must first obtain a permit. For detailed information on the firearms permit and registration process, please visit the HPD website.
Residents living in on-post quarters are required to register their firearms with the Fort Shafter or Schofield Barracks Police Station within three working days of occupying the quarters. Soldiers residing in the barracks must also register their weapons with their corresponding police station.
Ensure you bring your Hawaii state firearms registration paperwork.
Keep all privately owned weapons stored on-post unloaded and secured with a locking mechanism that immobilizes the trigger, or keep the weapon inside a locked container/rack. Keep all stored ammunition locked in a secure container.
Soldiers residing in the barracks must coordinate to store their weapons in their unit’s arms room. The storage of firearms and ammunition in the barracks is prohibited.
For service members, failure to register and properly store firearms in accordance with the installation policy is grounds for punishment under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. For family members and other non-service members, failure to adhere to the policy is grounds for debarment from garrison installations. Military and non-military members are also charged with any violations of applicable state laws (e.g., failure to register).
Under the installation policy, individuals are not authorized to fire BB, pellet-type, paintball, airsoft, slingshot, blowgun or bow and arrow weapons (except for those with cup-type tips) on the installation, except in areas designated by the garrison commander (e.g., ranges, paintball field). These weapons do not require registration with the Provost Marshal Office.
The following is an excerpt of an actual Military Police blotter entry from the U. S. Army Garrison-Hawaii area of operations. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Failure to Obey General Order – Weapons (Article #92, UCMJ)
•Feb. 23, patrols responded to a domestic disturbance on Helemano Military Reservation. One of the individuals involved in the dispute made a spontaneous statement he had several weapons stored in the residence.
Upon conducting a search of the house, MPs found one .45 caliber pistol and one bolt-action rifle. Neither weapon was registered with the Schofield Barracks Police Station.
MPs escorted the individual to the station for processing and subsequent release to the unit representative with a 72-hour separation period.

Personally owned weapons
Visit Policy Memorandum Installation 1 (Discipline, Law, and Order) on the USAG-HI Command Documents website (www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm) for more information regarding the proper storage, use, handling and registration of privately owned weapons on post.
Also visit www.honolulupd.org/information/index.php?page=gun
main for information regarding proper registration of firearms and weapons within the state of Hawaii.

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