Feb 8, 2024
The Supreme Court in the State of Hawaii upheld the state’s law prohibit carrying a firearm in public without a license. On Wednesday, Justice Todd Eddins wrote an opinion on the ruling stating, “states retain the authority to require individuals have a license before carrying firearms in public.” not acknowledging the Second Amendment to the U.S. Consititution. This was a unanimous 5-0 decision.
The decision came from three Democratic and two Republican-appointed judges, disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. Their disagreement goes against the near-identical provision of the state’s constitution that currently reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The court’s conclusion reversed a lower-court judge’s decision dismissing two charges filed against Christopher Wilson. He was arrested for trespassing on private property with an unregistered pistol.
Hawaii’s Attorney General Anne Lopez, who is a Democrat, lauded that the “landmark decision that affirms the constitutionality of crucial gun-safety legislation.”
In the unanimous 5-0 decision, Eddins wrote, “We read those words differently than the current United States Supreme Court,” And additionally adding, “We hold that in Hawaii there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public.” Judge Eddins stated that the right was instead “militia-centric,”. “Those words do not support a right to possess lethal weapons in public for possible self-defense,” he wrote.