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March 30, 2021 • News

Hawaii’s Limits on Open-Carry of Firearms Upheld by Ninth Circuit

On March 24, 2021, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hawaii’s limits on openly carrying guns in public in the appeal of a 2018 decision. Hawaii County appealed the July 2018 ruling in Young v. State of Hawaii, No. 12-17808, 2018 WL 3542985 (9th Cir. July 24, 2018) in which a 3-judge 9th Circuit panel struck down the Hawaii law prohibiting open carry of firearms on the grounds that it violated Second Amendment rights. The County requested an en banc rehearing, resulting in this month’s ruling by a panel of 11 judges. See the full decision here.

For employers, particularly employers operating public accommodations, the ruling relieves the need to implement new policies in response to openly carried firearms.

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