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Oahu Shooting Sports Fair draws hundreds in wake of Orlando shooting

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hundreds of firearm enthusiasts came out to the 23rd annual Shooting Sports Fair at the Koko Head Shooting Complex Saturday. 

"You can shoot all kinds of different firearms in a very safe, regulated environment," said Harvey Gerwig, president of the Hawaii Rifle Association.

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at an Orlando nightclub, that left at least 50 people dead, many Hawaii residents agree more events like these are needed.

"It allows the opportunity for people to come out and see what the regular shooting sports people are like," said Gerwig.

Brandon and Brandy Donaldson brought their three sons to the event to prove not everyone who owns a firearm are bad guys.

"If you get them started early, you can have them do it safely and get into something they enjoy and takes up their time and keeps them out of trouble," said Brandon Donaldson.

Janelle Sheldon feels the same way when it comes to her six year old son.

"It's better to have him learn now and to actually understand, because a lot of kids are curious and the truth is, when they're too curious they're going to try and shoot guns without their parental supervision," Sheldon said.

As the Senate prepares to vote on four gun control measures Monday, local lawmakers are hopeful Governor David Ige will sign into law a bill that would require Hawaii officials to enter all firearm owners into an FBI database.

"If you're severely mentally ill, on the terrorism watch list, if you've committed a felony or a stalker, these are people that we all agree should not have weapons, and those are the kind of gun control regulations I support," said State Representative and House Judiciary Chairman Karl Rhoads.

Still, some remain firm that gun control is not the issue.

"You're not going to stop anything like what happened in Orlando, by more gun laws," said Gerwig. "It's not going to do a thing."

"They're going to get a gun off the street if they can't buy one legally."

The 23rd Annual Shooting Sports Fair continues Sunday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Koko Head Shooting Complex. 

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