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Green Signs HB2342: Legalizes 'open carry' of everything except guns
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Pro-Second Amendment Bill Sent to Governor: Hawaii's Groundbreaking Shift in Weapon Laws with HB2342

from Hawaii Firearms Coalition, April 21, 2024

Hawaii is on the cusp of passing HB2342, potentially the most assertive pro-Second Amendment legislation in recent years. This bill would legalize the open carry of all non-firearm weapons, including butterfly knives, switchblades, brass knuckles, swords, and spears, marking a significant shift from the state's traditionally strict weapon regulations.

This move underscores the broader definition of "bearable arms," which encompasses more than just firearms. Recent legal actions have already forced Hawaii to legalize the ownership and carrying of tasers and batons, with ongoing lawsuits potentially extending these rights to include butterfly knives and switchblades.

The passage of this bill, despite containing some anti-gun measures, reflects a compelled evolution in the interpretation and acceptance of the Second Amendment in Hawaii. With the governor's approval pending, the bill could be enacted as soon as his signature is obtained; otherwise, it will automatically take effect on July 10. The only thing that could stop the bills is a Veto by the governor, but that's unlikely.,

In anticipation, the Hawaii Firearms Coalition is organizing a sword/spear/whatever parade to celebrate the bill's passage and increase community awareness. Details on the time and location of the event will be announced once the bill is enacted.

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