Young v. Hawaii

November 19, 2018

Gun Owners of America -- and its foundation (GOF) -- have filed an amicus brief opposing a request for rehearing by the State of Hawaii of a Ninth Circuit decision which overturned Hawaii’s virtual ban on citizens bearing weapons. 

We opposed Hawaii’s argument that its laws against carrying firearms were long-standing, explaining that those laws existed when Hawaii was a monarchy where the reigning king or queen was sovereign — not as in the United States where the people are sovereign.

As stated in our brief:

Hawaii’s antiquated firearms regulatory scheme should be rejected out of hand — a relic of history, not unlike the sovereign prerogatives of King George, against which this country’s Second Amendment was designed to protect.

You can read our brief here.