UK citizen with green card sues Honolulu police over denial of firearm permit for self-defense
AP November 12, 2015: A United Kingdom citizen who is a legal permanent resident of the United States alleges in a lawsuit that the Honolulu Police Department discriminates against non-U.S. citizens by making it difficult for them to obtain firearm permits.
Hawaii has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation. Hawaii is the only state that requires firearms to be registered at a statewide level, which is done through county police departments. Hawaii's permit allows someone to purchase a firearm, transport it to limited places such as a shooting range or gunsmith, or use it for hunting.
Hawaii only granted permits to U.S. citizens until a federal judge in Honolulu last year ruled that's unconstitutional.
The department is trying to get around that ruling by verbally requiring those with green cards to obtain additional clearance from their countries of citizenship, said the lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Honolulu.
Honolulu resident Andrew Namiki Roberts, who was born in England, was given a permit to acquire rifles and shotguns, which must first be obtained before purchasing one. He then took a firearms safety course, which is required to obtain a permit for a handgun, according to his lawsuit. But when the self-employed photographer tried to get a handgun permit, he was told his background check was deemed incomplete and that he needed a letter from the British consulate clearing his background….
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Justia: Roberts v. City and County of Honolulu