‘Spirit of Aloha’ Hawaii Supreme Court gun ruling brings praise and ridicule

(The Center Square) – A ruling by the Hawaii Supreme Court saying “there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public” drew praise from the state’s attorney general and criticism from people across the U.S.

The court’s decision is based on a case brought by Christopher Wilson, who was cited by police in 2017 on several charges after he told police he was carrying an unregistered gun, according to the ruling.

Wilson challenged the conviction, saying he was carrying the gun for self-defense. In later filings, Wilson’s attorneys cited a 2022 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, in which the justices said carrying a firearm in public is a constitutional right.

The court’s 53-page ruling said Hawaii’s history “does not include a society where armed people move about the community to possibly combat the deadly aims of others.”

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