Hawaii Continues Treating Right to Bear Arms as Occupational Privilege

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“I just got the 2018 Hawaii carry license data via the monthly reports from each county police department and made a spreadsheet summary,” gun owner rights advocate George Pace tells me via email. “You’ll never guess … no one but security guards got licenses! Imagine that!”

Pace referred me to the deceptively-named “Straight Shooting: An Objective Review of Hawaii Firearm Laws and Related Statistics,” a Dec. 2018 “study” designed to justify infringements. Relevant to this report:

“To ensure that applicants for a license to openly carry a handgun are so ‘engaged,’ HPD requires each applicant to submit a notarized affidavit from the applicant’s employer verifying the applicant’s employment, along with two photographs depicting the applicant in work uniform.”

“This ‘report’ is a joke,” Pace observes. “In terms of providing any useful information as to whether Hawaii’s draconian ‘commonsense gun safety laws’ are effective, it provides no information at all.

“They don’t know. They don’t want to know, because the facts are that it makes no difference at all in crime rates,” Pace concludes. “All it does is intimidate and make more costly and time-consuming the process to acquire a firearm for law-abiding citizens.”

His spreadsheets follow—and by way of reading them, treat “Security” as unconcealed and “Citizen” as concealed:

Per Pace: “I have quoted the ‘comments’ given re the non-security denials. ‘[sic]’ means I reproduced the number as in the monthly report even though it contradicts other information in the report.

The Young v. Hawaii case, where a citizen who was not “granted” a carry license sued, is still in Ninth Circuit limbo pending a decision to hear it en banc.

“Until Young won, the AG issued the ‘famous’ opinion that unconcealed was NOT restricted to security guards in uniform and on duty, and NEVER had been!” Pace recalled. “That’s a blatant lie, and everyone, including the people working at the police departments who hand out and take in the applications for licenses all knew and would tell you ‘You can’t apply for open carry, that’s only for security guards.’”

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David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

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  1. The “common sense” is that the politicians who work for a foreign agenda and not for the US Constitution and the American people shall be recalled and tried for treason. All of them.

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