Scrambling, Hawaii Asks State AG What The Ruling Means

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin requests a legal opinion on the authority of police chiefs to issue open carry licenses

Published Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:00 pm

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Asks State AG What Gun Ruling MeansThis is an update to our earlier story, "Hawaii Appeals 9th Circuit's Ruling on Firearm Licenses."

Unsure of how to handle the news that Hawaii can't simply deny every carry license that gets submitted, the state's Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin announced that he wants a legal opinion from the State's Attorney General to clarify exactly what authority the county police chiefs have regarding issue licenses permitting gun owners to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms. Could they be looking for a back door with which to continue the tyranny?

Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin was quoted as saying, "I care deeply about public safety and it’s very important that we uphold Hawaii firearm laws for everyone’s benefit."

Perhaps someone should remind the good Lieutenant Governor that states where the people are allowed to carry firearms have overall lower murder rates. 

You may remember that earlier in July on the 24th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state by siding with a Hawaii Island gun owner that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun publicly for self-defense - making no distinction about whether such carry must be open or concealed. A three-judge panel ruled 2 to1 in favor of George Young’s right to be granted a license to open carry his gun in public. The ruling essentially negated any claims the state had against it by any justification whatsoever.

The earlier story was itself an update to our story about the 9th Circuit's decision.