‘Aloha Spirit’ Trumps SCOTUS Pro-Gun Decision

On February 7, 2024, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued the following decision: blue en (2022) does not go beyond the Hawaii Constitution, which states that “there is no state constitutional right to carry firearms in public.”

decision has been made hawaii vs wilsona lawsuit seeking recognition of Wilson’s right to carry a gun in public for self-defense without first obtaining permission from the state.

The Hawaii Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Wilson, with Judge Todd Eddins, appointed by Democratic Gov. David Ige, writing the majority opinion.

eddins I have written“We reject Wilson’s constitutional objection. Traditional modes of interpretation and [Hawaii’s] The historical tradition of gun control excludes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms under gun control. [Hawaii] Constitution. “

He then addressed the U.S. Supreme Court directly. blue en This decision nullified New York’s requirement for good cause for the issuance of concealed carry permits.

Eddins wrote:blue en contempt for the principle of federalism. Still, the U.S. Supreme Court has not stripped states of all their sovereignty to pass traditional police powers laws meant to protect people. ”

He later added, “States retain the authority to require individuals to obtain a license before carrying a firearm in public.”

It remains to be seen what action the appellate court will take in light of other important aspects of the case. blue en Decision; namely, the recognition that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.

On June 23, 2022, Breitbart News cited Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in which he affirmed the right to keep and bear arms in the home for self-defense. He referred to past precedents and then stated: blue en “In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns in public for self-defense.”

The case is hawaii vs wilsonHawaii Supreme Court No. SCAP-22-0000561.

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