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Ing Introduces Bill to Prohibit Officers from Drinking While Carrying Firearms

February 12, 2015, 4:21 PM HST
* Updated February 12, 4:23 PM
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Kaniela Ing, courtesy photo.

Kaniela Ing, courtesy photo.

By Wendy Osher

State Representative Kaniela Ing of Maui introduced a bill this legislative session that would prohibit law enforcement officers from consuming alcohol while in possession of a firearm.

The proposed measure came as a result of a an incident involving Christopher Deedy on Nov. 5, 2011, in which the US State Department special agent fatally shot Kollin Elderts in a struggle at the Kuhio Avenue McDonald’s on Oʻahu.

Deedy was in Hawaiʻi to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, and was off duty at the time the incident occurred.

Rep. Ing will join the Justice for Kollin Elderts Coalition and the Elderts ʻohana during a press conference on Friday, Feb. 13, at the State Capitol.

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The proposal seeks to address concerns identified following Elderts’ death and was introduced by Rep. Ing at the request of the victim’s family.

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The item was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 2, 2015, and is drafted to take effect on July 1, 2015, if approved as written.

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