mclumber1 Posted July 25, 2018 Share Posted July 25, 2018 It will be interesting to see how California handles this ruling as they are in the same jurisdiction of this circuit court. Quote A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday found that a Hawaii gun regulation that strictly limits permits to openly carry handguns violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Citing heavily from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which struck down handgun restrictions in Washington, D.C., Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote the Hawaii law, which restricts open carry to people whose jobs entail “protecting life or property,” would by necessity limit open carry permits to “a small and insulated subset of law-abiding citizens.” “Just as the Second Amendment does not protect a right to bear arms only in connection with a militia, it surely does not protect a right to bear arms only as a security guard,” wrote O’Scannlain, who was joined in his opinion by Judge Sandra Ikuta. In his dissent, Judge Richard Clifton, who sits in Honolulu, wrote that the majority opinion ran counter to the court’s en banc decision in Peruta v. San Diego, which found California’s restrictions on carrying concealed firearms was constitutional. O’Scannlain, it’s worth noting, wrote the panel opinion that was reversed en banc in the Peruta case. The majority, Clifton wrote, “disregarded the fact that states and territories in a variety of regions have long allowed for extensive regulations of and limitations on the public carry of firearms.” D. Kaena Horowitz, deputy corporation counsel for the County of Hawaii, said the county is considering its options, including whether to seek en banc review. “The Young decision is unfortunate as it invalidates Hawaii law designed to protect the safety and well-being of the people of Hawaii,” Horowitz said. “Carrying firearms in public clearly poses a significant danger to the safety of our community and greatly increases the risk that police officers confront.” At oral argument before the Ninth Circuit panel, San Diego attorney Alan Beck represented Hawaii resident George Young, the plaintiff whom the County of Hawaii twice refused a license to carry a handgun, either concealed or openly. Beck said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that he doubted the Ninth Circuit would reverse Young’s case as it did in Peruta. “If they rule against me in the en banc they have to say that ‘carry’ doesn’t exist outside the home. That would go against every other court in the country,” Beck said. “The Ninth Circuit is going to have a hard time doing that without being heard by the Supreme Court.” The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the Peruta case last year, but Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in dissent of the denial of review with Justice Neil Gorsuch joining. “For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” Thomas wrote. “But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a state denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it.” Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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