Current gun laws in Hawaii regarding carrying a firearm read like this:
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. In March 2014, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled Hawaii’s restrictive concealed carry policy unconstitutional. An en banc panel reversed the initial ruling in June 2015, holding that the Constitution guarantees no right to concealed carry in public.
However, this heavy restriction is in clear defiance of the 2nd Amendment and is currently being challenged with much success in the Supreme Court by Gary Young, a Vietnam Veteran, who has fought for years to get Hawaii state in compliance with the US Constitution.
On July 24 2018, Young scored his first victory. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the normally liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found here Young has a Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-hawaii-idUSKBN1KT13B
Overview: The panel reversed the district court’s dismissal of claims brought against the County of Hawaii, dismissed plaintiff’s appeal as to the State of Hawaii, and remanded, in plantiff’s 42 U.S.C 1983 action alleging that the denial of his application for a handgun license violated his Second Amendment right to carry a loaded firearm in public for self-defense.https://dasal.org/decision-george-k-young-jr-v-state-of-hawaii-et-al-united-states-court-of-appeals-for-the-ninth-circuit/
Lately, with the serious amounts of hate crimes and the heating up of the Mauna Kea protest in Hawaii, it is more important than ever for the state to issue permits for gun owners to open carry their firearms.
The police have been, at best, inept and, at worst, complacent in dealing with the lawlessness in Hawaii. First, regarding the protesters illegally blocking the summit road to Mauna Kea, and also with the vast amounts of hate crimes popping up all over the state.
Recently, prosecutors gave two assailants, of what would normally be considered a brutal hate crime, probation after two Kanaka beat a white man with a shovel until he lost consciousness, all the while screaming racial epithets at him.
Christopher Kunzelman showed great restraint, as he owned a gun, he had it with him legally on his own property, and decided not to use it.
However, I think at this point he wishes that he would have used it, as he was severely injured, and he has lost access to his home in Maui. There were practically no consequences to the assailants. It seems corruption by both the police and the prosecutors were the cause of the lack of punishment for these attackers.
If the police and the judicial system won’t protect Hawaii residents, then we must be able to defend ourselves!
The defacto gun carry permit ban in Hawaii forces applicants to prove “an urgent or exceptional need” for carrying a firearm. I would say, with the rise of hate crimes in Hawaii and the prevalence of unchecked lawlessness in Hawaii, the urgent and exceptional need is clearly met.
Written by Ryan Thompson @ www.ELECTRYAN.org 10/19/2019