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Lawsuits bring significant changes to Hawaii gun laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:00 AM :: 3430 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

 

Today sees the end of two lawsuits that bring some significant changes to Hawaii's gun laws.

From Hawaii Firearms Coalition, August 16, 2021

YUKUTAKE v. CONNERS.

In this Lawsuit, Hawaii Firearms Coalition Director Todd Yukatake and gun store owner David Kikukawa filed a suit against the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and Hawaii Attorney General Clair Conners (the State) challenging parts of Hawaii's registration law.

HPD quickly settled part of the lawsuit, agreeing to extended hours on Wednesday nights for permits and registrations (starting October 17th) as well as the e-mail/ of permits to acquire directly to the gun stores for those acquiring pistols. This is in addition to already mailing rifle permits to the applicant's home address.

Today's ruling against the State eliminates the ten-day expiration period of pistol permits. This means that a permit is no longer limited to just ten days from the date of issue and allows a person a more workable time frame to pick up their firearm from a gun store.

Secondly, the ruling also eliminated the requirement that an individual physically brings a firearm to the police station to register. This means that if the police departments follow the ruling as clearly intended, a person will be able to obtain and register a firearm with a single trip and should go as follows;

1) You complete your permit to acquire at the police station.

2) The police department mails you your permit or sends it to the gun store.

3) You pick up your firearm and take it home while the seller notifies the police department of the transaction.

4) The police department mails you your registration form.

Now, of course, some or all the states police departments might not play ball and might put some really bad policies in place to continue their anti-gun ownership agenda, and if they do, well, we will deal with that when it happens.

PETER ROA and RANDALL FRANKLIN v. CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

This lawsuit against HPD and the C&C of Honolulu was from Two Hawaii residents that were wrongly denied their right to bear arms by HPD policy. Both men had non-criminal convictions in the state for disorderly conduct. HPD incorrectly determined these charges to be crimes of violence and, as such, denied the plaintiffs permits to acquire firearms and took control of the plaintiff's currently owned firearms.

The C&C of Honolulu agreed today to end the policy instituted by HPD, with the agreement that "the Honolulu Police Department is permanently enjoined from denying a permit to acquire a firearm based on a non-criminal violation of § 711-1101"

These are some significant wins for the second amendment in Hawaii. With Young quickly approaching a potential supreme court hearing and win, we have even more to be excited about in the future.

We would like to sincerely thank Attorneys Alan Beck, Stephen Stamboulieh, and Kevin O'Grady for their work in these and other cases. We look forward to working with them in the ever-continuing fight to protect our rights.

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