9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Overturns Hawaii Gun Carry Restrictions

Well known for being stacked with far left lunatic judges, the infamous 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals has actually ruled in favor of the 2nd Amendment and has overturned part of Hawaii’s restrictive gun laws.

The plaintiff, George Young, sued the state of Hawaii for denying him a concealed carry permit. Twice. Hawaii is a “may issue” state for concealed carry permits, and, according to the Wikipedia article on Hawaii gun laws, permits are almost never issued: May-Issue by statute, but No-Issue in practice. The chief of police may grant a permit “in an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property.” In practice, Hawaii is “No-Issue,” as issuing authorities rarely or never approve applications for permits.”

George Young’s case challenging Hawaii’s ability to deny him his 2nd Amendment right was initially dismissed by a federal circuit judge, but Young forged ahead and brought the case to the appeals court.

Reuter’s reports:

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protects a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense, rejecting a claim by Hawaii officials that the right only applies to guns kept at home.

Two of the three 9th Circuit judges voted to reverse a decision by the U.S. District Court in Hawaii that state officials did not infringe on the rights of George Young, the plaintiff, in twice denying him a permit to carry a gun outside.

“We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote in Tuesday’s ruling. “But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.”

Judge Richard Clifton dissented from the ruling, saying the Second Amendment does not preclude the sort of licensing rules used in Hawaii and elsewhere.

Mr. Young’s case was filed in 2012. California Right To Carry has been covering this from the beginning, and has documented Young’s ordeal through the court system. California Right To Carry is apparently making the same challenge on California’s unconstitutional gun laws, and the Young case can set a federal court precedence that can be used to overturn other state’s draconian laws.


California RTC culled this video from the oral arguments back in February, where the federal attorney makes a fool of himself while trying to argue that Hawaii’s gun laws should remain.

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