State, Hawaii County appeal ruling on firearm licenses

State, Hawaii County appeal ruling on firearm licenses

HONOLULU (AP) - The state and Hawaii County are asking the 9th Circuit of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that says Hawaii's legal requirement for getting a license to carry a firearm in public violates the Second Amendment.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a three-judge panel reached that conclusion in a case of a Hilo man's lawsuit against the state and the Hawaii Police Department.

George Young Jr. filed the lawsuit in 2012 after his application for an open-carry license was rejected twice.

Under Hawaii law, the licenses are issued to applicants who show reason to fear injury to himself or his property.

The panel's ruling says these requirements impinge on citizens' rights.

The state and county's joint petition says the panel's ruling is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of Hawaii law.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

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