State Says Their ‘Spirit’ Stands Above The Constitution

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( – On Wednesday, Hawaii’s highest court ruled that Hawaii citizens do not need to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. 

Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Todd Eddins in the ruling stated that the court had determined that in Hawaii the state had the permission to continue requiring firearm owners to have a permit in order to carry a firearm in public. In the ruling, he specifically speaks about the “spirit of Aloha” and how the state’s Constitution does not actually “afford a right” for carrying firearms for self-defense in public. 

As he points out in the Hawaii Constitution Article I, section 17 is very similar to the Second Amendment however its interpretation is different to the one used by the United States Supreme Court right now. He added that currently in the state of Hawaii, people do not have the “constitutional right to carry a firearm in public.” 

It is also stated in the reeling that the “spirit of Aloha” is clashing with the federally-mandated ruling that would allow citizens to freely carry a firearm in their daily activities. It further noted that in Hawaii the community did not require people to be armed in order to combat the others who might attack them. 

In conclusion, the Justice found that a “free-wheeling right to carry” firearms was going to be going against the other constitutional rights granted, including those to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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