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Weapons cache leads to arrest of Kauai postal worker

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:25 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2012

A 51-year-old U.S. Postal Service worker on Kauai is in federal custody on charges that he possessed a fully automatic rifle and used someone else’s firearms license to order a firearm from the mainland without the other person’s permission.

Troy Haruki Hamura, of Lihue, appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon wearing a white prison jump suit.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said when its agents went to Hamura’s home last month to question him on the purchase of the firearm he ordered from the mainland, Hamura turned over to them 19 unregistered firearms, including the automatic rifle, an M-16A1.

When federal agents went back to the home Wednesday to execute a search warrant, they recovered 10 rifles and 20 handguns, all registered to Hamura, and 23 rounds of ammunition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Hino said in court this afternoon.

Hamura is not charged with any crimes involving the 30 firearms and ammunition.

The court’s pretrial services recommended releasing Hamura on bond pending a determination of probable cause on the charges.

Defense lawyer Keith Shigetomi said Hamura will work in his family’s business. His family runs Hamura Saimin Stand in Lihue.

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opalaedo wrote:
OK, there goes the business traffic to Hamura Saimin, one of my favorite places when I lived there.
on July 26,2012 | 06:20PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I'm sure glad Kaua'i "residents" made the state stop that evil SuperFerry from bringing criminals from Honolulu to the Garden Isle. We all safe now!
on July 26,2012 | 06:38PM
rayhawaii wrote:
23 rounds of ammo. Just a collector. 23,000 rounds and red frizzy hair then maybe something wrong there.
on July 26,2012 | 07:27PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
on July 26,2012 | 08:22PM
McB0B wrote:
I don't feel any safer but I imagine it was a lot safer for the the Feds to go after this guy for availing himself of his right to bear arms than to deal with the real scum who deprive people of their right to life and property. When's the luncheon and awards ceremony?
on July 26,2012 | 08:53PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Glad they caught him before he went postal.
on July 26,2012 | 08:59PM
false wrote:
a postal worker with an arms cache that includes an automatic rifle. Not a good combination.
on July 26,2012 | 09:04PM
bobbob wrote:
23 rounds of ammunition. not even 1 bullet for each of those rifles. But unregistered automatic weapon is a HUGE deal. That's a lot of federal years behind bars.
on July 27,2012 | 02:57AM
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