Skip to comments.Hawaii Tourists Revel in Sun, Surf and Semiautomatics
Posted on 01/03/2014 8:48:38 AM PST by smokingfrog
HONOLULU Kenji and Hiromasa Ozawa, a father and son vacationing on the island of Oahu, spent Christmas morning hiking up Diamond Head, a volcanic cone here with sweeping views of Waikiki Beach.
Their next stop: The Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club an indoor shooting range in an upscale shopping center just above Cartier and Hermès stores where they fired off several dozen rounds between them.
We love shooting guns, I love shooting guns, said Kenji Ozawa, 52, who was visiting from Chiba, Japan. Its a very exciting experience.
Japan has among the most restrictive gun laws in the world, especially compared with those of the United States. Japans 1958 Firearms and Swords Control Law prohibits its citizens from owning most firearms; some guns like shotguns for hunting, air guns and guns for competition are allowed, but the Japanese still must undergo a series of comprehensive tests, as well as thorough background checks.
So for some Japanese tourists like the Ozawas, an ideal Hawaiian getaway includes sun, surf and semiautomatics.
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Hawaii’s gun laws are among the most restrictive in the US. AIUI, they have a may-issue carry permit law, but they’ve not issued a permit for reasons other than being an armed security guard in decades.
NYT panties in a wad. Is there anything they aren’t afraid of?
Some years ago, I met a couple of Brits in Alaska. Tney were tourist there for a fishing trip. Took the out shooting. Something had never done in the UK. They were a couple happy campers.
BIGLOLZ. The tourist shooting ranges in Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, and other so extremely lame. I went to my Japanese friends’ wedding in Guam and some of our friends were so eager to go shooting, so we made a plan to go to a shooting range. They had the typical tourist crap of $120.00 to shoot various handguns and rifles for an hour and a half or so. The “range” was run by some geeky Koreans with only passable Japanese and passable Enjah. They gave us an armory of several cheap handguns, rifles and shotguns, and let us go for it. It was entertaining to see my friends scare themselves while shooting 5th generation reload brass with half loads on all shells. I was totally upset, but grid to put a good face on and show them propper use of firearms, handling, and shooting technique, and I took it on the chin to show them all a good time whil I just wanted to cry inside and say “where is my P229 with Speer golds, and those 2-3/4” 12g magnum slugs I had when I was back at home in Cali?!”
If you live in Japan, the only place you’ve probably seen a real gun is at a military parade. I don’t think most of their police force even have guns.
Thank you Mr. Ozawa
Screw Hawaii, go to Las Vegas. Outside of Las Vegas there are at least two machine gun ranges open to the public.
Ping to one of my major obversevations traveling there last year.
Gun peddlers everywhere in Honolulu and Guam.
They make an absolute mint.
And post 9 too :-D
Same as in Wyoming, too! (-:
And Pray You don’t get killed by the local leo.
There are several ranges in Las Vegas that offer, albeit pricey, full auto packages for tourists. Loads of fun and one can usually find tourists from less free countries taking advantage of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America!
Sounds fun. How far outside Las Vegas?
When I first came to Hawaii I first thought tgese were a joke. But sho’nuf this store is real. The owner said the most popular is the 44 magnum. I think it is about 5 bucks to pull the trigger. I am certain they would have to short load the rounds. My SW kicks like a mule and I’m an experienced shooter.