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Court Rules Hawaii’s Ban on Carrying Firearms in Public Is Unconstitutional

Hawaii’s claim that the right to bear firearms is limited to guns kept at home has been ruled unconstitutional. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overruled in a two to one decision a lower court verdict by federal District Judge Helen Gillmor. Gillmor had upheld Hawaii’s gun restrictions which said the right to carry arms was limited to firearms that must be kept at home.

The Appeals court declared that Hawaii’s laws were unconstitutional because “the right to bear arms must guarantee some right to self-defense in public.”

Several candidates applied for permits to openly carry firearms in Hawaii but were denied on the basis that in Hawaii guns could only be used for self-protection at homes.

Vietnam veteran George K. Young Jr. brought forth the lawsuit because he was twice denied a permit to carry handguns by the local police chief. The chief had denied the permit because of Young’s intention to carry the handgun publicly.

“I was very happy,” said Young in response to the appeals court ruling. “The Constitution says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed and yet the state law intervenes.”

The lone dissenting judge in the appeals court ruling, Judge Richard Clifton, argued that states have the discretion to make their own rights about public safety and that restrictions on openly carrying firearms have a long and established history in the U.S.

Hawaii County Deputy Corporation Counsel Kaena Horowitz admitted to the 9th Circuit panel that his county, and possibly other counties in the state, had issued open carry permits to professional security guards but never to private individuals. Alan Beck, Young’s attorney, said that the admission made their argument much easier.

Horowitz, who is against issuing open carry gun permits, said his county will appeal the ruling of the 9th Circuit panel. According to him, “carrying firearms in public clearly poses a significant danger to the safety of our community and greatly increases the risk that police officers have to confront.”

Gun advocates were also hoping the ruling would allow the carrying of concealed firearms.

“The open carry – while we’re delighted about it – but open carry everybody can see who has a gun and who doesn’t. So in this case, if we only had open carry then anyone without a gun on their hip is going to be a crime target,” said Harvey Gerwig, president of the Hawaii Rifle Association.


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  1. Robert Strauss July 26, 2018

    Surprising, coming from the 9th.

  2. Carol Dillihay July 26, 2018

    Love it!!

  3. Lisa Carpenter July 30, 2018

    Yall need to understand all these “reversals” on gun policies are because antifa, etc is now arming up. Don’t find that out the hard way. Be aware. Be ready

  4. Robert Greer July 30, 2018

    Should be able to in all states..

  5. Juan Platen July 30, 2018

    Sure and then they can all shoot each other as Jesus descends for the second coming and takes all those assholes and their guns up to heaven or wherever as long as they are gone for good

  6. Juan Platen July 30, 2018

    I used to be a gunnery officer in the US Navy, I have respect for firearms, use and storage, I have nothing but contempt for idiots that lacking Penises must use guns as their surrogate

  7. Juan Platen July 30, 2018

    I know some T-baggers that fantasize about carrying in a restaurant when the big bad wolf, Arab terrorist, midwestern KKK member enters the crowded room during, they see themselves as Zorro with a gun not understanding they would either flee, be killed or simply kill other people in all the chaos

  8. Juan Platen July 30, 2018

    Typically these people are called idiots, most voted for Trump but not smart enough to know why aside from a few simple slogans

  9. Juan Platen July 30, 2018

    Traitors and they don’t know why

  10. Jason Parker July 30, 2018

    You are a moron.


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