Hawaii cannot ban guns on beaches, US judge rules

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Hawaii cannot ban guns on beaches, US judge rules

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the state from enforcing a ban on firearms in various public areas, including beaches, banks, bars, and parks. The judge cited a Supreme Court ruling from last year that expanded gun rights and concluded that the ban likely infringed on the rights of permit-carrying gun owners under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ban was enacted in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in June 2022, which declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense. The ruling prompted Hawaiian lawmakers to pass a bill that aimed to comply with the decision while deterring gun violence. However, the ban was challenged by three Hawaii residents and a gun rights group. The state argued that the law was consistent with historical gun regulations and served the interest of public safety. Nevertheless, the judge ruled that the ban on guns in sensitive places, including beaches, failed to demonstrate a historical tradition of regulating or prohibiting the carrying of firearms in those areas. The judge also found fault with the ban on guns in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, questioning the Supreme Court’s definition of a “historical tradition” of gun regulation. The state plans to request that the decision be put on hold pending further proceedings, while the plaintiffs’ lawyer praised the judge’s ruling for faithfully applying Supreme Court precedent.

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