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Hawaii Supreme Court Claims the Supreme Court’s Bruen and Heller Decisions were Incorrectly Decided

John Lott - Crime Prevention Research Center | Published on 2/23/2024
We reject Wilson’s constitutional challenges. Conventional interpretive modalities and Hawaiʻi’s historical tradition of firearm regulation rule out an individual right to keep and bear arms under the Hawaiʻi Constitution. In Hawaiʻi, there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public.


Bruen snubs federalism principles. Still, the United States Supreme Court does not strip states of all sovereignty to pass traditional police power laws designed to protect people. Wilson has standing to challenge HRS § 134-25(a) and § 134- 27(a). But those laws do not violate his federal constitutional rights. . . .