In a surprise ruling, the 9th Circuit of Appeals has issued a ruling stating American’s no longer have the right to carry firearms, regardless of whether it is concealed or carried openly. This impacts Right to Carry laws in AK, HI, CA, AZ, OR, WA, & MT.
Yep. You read that correctly. The court just issued the ruling in the George K. Young, Jr. v State of Hawaii case. Young applied for a firearms three separate times with the Hawaii County Police Department, only to be denied each time. In 2004 he sued both the County and the State in Federal District Court on the basis that his 2nd amendment rights have been violated.
Fast forward to 2021, the 9th Circuit issued their ruling claiming “After careful review of the history of early English and American regulation of carrying arms openly in the public square, the en banc court concluded that Hawai‘i’s restrictions on the open carrying of firearms reflect longstanding prohibitions, and therefore, the conduct they regulate is outside the historical scope of the Second Amendment,” the court decided. “The en banc court held that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an unfettered, general right to openly carry arms in public for individual self-defense.”
“Accordingly, Hawai‘i’s firearms-carry scheme is lawful,” the court continued. ”The en banc court rejected Young’s argument that [the state law] is invalid as a prior restraint because it vests chiefs of police with unbridled discretion to determine whether a permit is issued. Joining its sister circuits, the en banc court held that the prior restraint doctrine does not apply to Second Amendment challenges to firearm-licensing laws.”
The National Rifle Association, who was not involved in the case, immediately took to Twitter.