Under the Gun

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Under the Gun


Tuesday Aug 09 06:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:

Part of the Election Slate

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig. 2016. USA. 110 min.

Under the Gun examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the legislative progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians find it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric.

In June 2016, Hawai‘i became the first U.S. state to place firearm-owning residents in a federal criminal record database. Join us for a post-screening discussion with local policy makers to address questions of gun control in Hawai‘i. 

Watch the trailer.

Read The Hollywood Reporter review.

Register to vote! The Doris Duke Theatre will have voter registration forms available during the screenings. 

Join us for a post-screening discussion with special guests, Senator Will Espero and president of the Hawaii Rifle Association, Harvey Gerwig.

Senator Will Espero represents the 19th Senate District, which encompasses ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, and a portion of ‘Ewa Villages. He currently serves as the vice president of the Hawai‘i State Senate and vice chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs. He sits as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and the Committee on Economic Development, Environment, and Technology. Senator Espero has served in the Hawai‘i State Legislature for 16 years, which included three years in the House of Representatives. He also worked for eight years in the City and County of Honolulu as an appointee of Mayor Frank Fasi.

Recently, Senator Espero introduced Senate Bill 2954, now Act 108, which authorizes county police departments to enroll firearms applicants and individuals who are registering their firearms into a criminal record monitoring service that is operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and used to alert police when an owner of a firearm is arrested for a criminal offense anywhere in the country. The law also authorizes the Hawai‘i Criminal Justice Data Center to access firearm registration data.  Governor David Ige signed this bill, along with House Bill 625 and House Bill 2632, into law this past June, the first of its kind for any sate in the nation.

Harvey Gerwig is the legislative liaison and president of the Hawaii Rifle Association. The Hawaii Rifle Association urged its members to oppose HB 625 and SB 2954 from being signed into law, citing the 1986 Firearm Owners’ Protection Act and the right for an individual to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

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